Registration for the Kent Test (11+) for parents who would like their children to start at a Kent Grammar School in September 2016 opens on Monday, June 1.
Parents have until Wednesday July 1 to register their children for the tests, which will take place after the summer break.
To be registered for testing, children must be resident in the UK and expecting to start their final year in primary school in September 2015.
Children in Kent primary schools will take the tests in school on September 10, and children from outside Kent will take them in test centres across the county on Saturday, September 12.
Roger Gough, KCC Cabinet member for Education and Health Reform said: “Ultimately it is a parent’s decision which secondary schools they apply to for their child, but primary schools will be able to offer them valuable guidance about their children’s progress to help them decide whether to register for the Kent Test before the July 1 closing date.
“The object of the Kent Test is to help parents and children find the most suitable type of school for the next stage of their education, which is why the results are sent out before applications for secondary school places are completed.”
Parents who register online will be sent their child’s assessment by e-mail after 4pm on October 14, and those who register by post will get the assessment decision in a letter sent by first class post on October 14.
Last year 90% of all test registrations were made online, allowing results to be sent by email and speeding up the process of applying for a local school, which Kent residents can do by adding up to four schools in order of preference to the information they gave at test registration.
Children living outside Kent will need to apply for a Kent school place via their own Local Authority’s preference form.
Obtaining a ‘grammar assessment’ in the Kent test does not guarantee that a child will be offered a grammar school place as – like any popular school – grammar schools may be oversubscribed.
By law, oversubscribed schools must use their oversubscription criteria to rank children for admission.
On National Offer Day, March 1, 2016, the county council will offer parents the highest available of their preferences, not necessarily a grammar school.
Parents can be assured however that they have a right to appeal for any school they named and were not offered, and if their child is eligible to join a waiting list for their preferred school they could later get a place which has become vacant since the first offers were made.
To register online, log on to www.kent.gov.uk/ola
Alternatively a paper copy of the test registration form can be downloaded from the here, picked up from primary schools, or sent to you by post on request – call 03000 41 21 21 or email firstname.lastname@example.org