Kent Test

Visuteach provides online membership packages for the 11+ Kent Test, also known as the PESE (Procedure for Entry into Secondary Education) test.

Kent Test 11+ Demos

Untimed tests have answers immediately after each question, timed tests have answers at the end of the test.

Kent Reasoning Demo:

Spatial Reasoning Demo (Untimed)

Spatial Reasoning Demo (Timed)

Non-verbal Reasoning Demo (Untimed)

Non-verbal Reasoning Demo (Timed)

This is a demo showing the 21 types of question (with answers immediately after each question).

Verbal Reasoning Demo 1

This is a short 20 question, 12.5 minute timed test (with answers at the end of the test).

Verbal Reasoning Demo 2

The following demos are short untimed tests (with answers immediately after each question).

Verbal Reasoning Demo 3

Verbal Reasoning Demo 4

Verbal Reasoning Demo 5

Each comprehension test can be run in two modes – automatic marking mode or manual marking mode.

In automatic marking mode, questions are displayed online, answers are filled in online, the test is marked automatically, and the answers are shown at the end of the test.

In manual marking mode, questions are displayed online, answers are filled in on paper, and the test is marked manually by comparing the filled in answers to the correct answers which are provided on a completed answer sheet.

Demo of an automatically marked test:
Print out the passage and run the test.

Passage

Demo Test

Demo of a test requiring manual marking:
Print out the passage and the blank answer sheet and write your answers on it. When you have completed the test, check your answers against the completed answer sheet.

Passage

Blank Answer Sheet

Demo Test

Completed Answer Sheet

Format of the Kent Test

The format of the 11+ Kent Test (also known as a PESE (Procedure for Entry into Secondary Education) test) changed in 2015. Prior to 2015, there were four separate papers – English, maths, verbal reasoning and non verbal reasoning – and the exams were taken over two days.  From 2015, the number of exams was reduced to two – a combined English and maths paper and a reasoning paper – and both exams are now taken on the same day.

Kent County Council has released a familiarisation booklet for the new 11+ Kent Test. The booklet can be found at the following link Kent Test Familiarisation Booklet

The reasoning paper takes around 1 hour and is split into multiple-choice questions on verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and spatial reasoning.

Verbal Reasoning

The two sample verbal reasoning questions in the Kent Test Familiarisation Booklet have the same type as two of the 21 types of GL Assessment verbal reasoning questions which were part of the old Kent 11+ Test. For more information on the 21 types of GL Assessment verbal reasoning questions, see our 11+ Verbal Reasoning page by clicking on the following link 11+ Verbal Reasoning. The type of the sample verbal reasoning questions in the Kent Test Familiarisation Booklet are our Visuteach verbal reasoning type 5 (Find the Missing Letter) and our type 21 (Find the Double Meaning). So it seems that it is worth preparing for the verbal reasoning part of the Kent Test by familiarisation with all 21 types of verbal reasoning question. Some of the 21 verbal reasoning question types deal with numbers rather than words, but the familiarisation booklet states that

“The Reasoning Test looks at how well you can work out and apply rules and relationships between words, numbers and shapes.”

so it is worth familiarising yourself with verbal reasoning number questions as well as word questions.

Visuteach’s online interactive verbal reasoning membership package contains 1,920 verbal reasoning questions covering all 21 types, and arranges these questions by type.

Spatial Reasoning

Spatial reasoning is a new category of questions that was not tested for in previous Kent 11+ Tests. That means that there are no familiarisation materials available for this question type in the GL Assessment packs that can be bought in shops and online.

Spatial reasoning questions test how well you can manipulate shapes and space in your head. The spatial reasoning questions in the Kent Test Familiarisation Booklet are similar to some of the Figure Recognition spatial ability questions in the UK CAT4 test, which is a Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT test).

Visuteach’s spatial reasoning questions are similar to the sample spatial reasoning questions in the Kent Test Familiarisation Booklet, although the Visuteach spatial reasoning questions are generally slightly more difficult. We have 90 spatial reasoning questions in our Kent Reasoning membership package.

Non-verbal Reasoning

Visuteach’s online Kent Reasoning membership package contains 60 GL Assessment style non-verbal reasoning questions.

The combined English/maths paper takes around 1 hour.

English

The familiarisation booklet says that there will be some cloze style questions where there will be a sentence with a missing word or words and you will be asked to pick the best word to complete the sentence. These questions are similar to the cloze type questions in the GL Assessment packs which can be bought in shops and online. These cloze type questions are different from the cloze questions in CEM exams because the GL Assessment cloze questions (shown in the sample in the familiarisation booklet) concentrate more on correct word usage and grammatical correctness rather than on pure vocabulary, and the vocabulary in the cloze questions is generally easier than that found in CEM exam cloze questions.

The familiarisation booklet says that there will be other questions where you will be asked to spot the mistake in a sentence. No examples are given, but we think these questions may be similar to the punctuation and spelling questions that can be found in the GL Assessment packs which can be bought in shops and online (however, we do not know for certain).

There will also be a comprehension section where you will be asked to read a passsage and answer questions on that passage.
This looks similar to the comprehension type questions in the GL Assessment packs which can be bought in shops and online, except that we expect that the comprehension passage will probably be shorter than some of the comprehension passages (of approx 1000 words) that are found in most of the passages in the GL packs and that there will be fewer questions on the passages than in most of the papers in the GL packs, because the new combined English/maths paper has to test for maths as well as English within the 1 hour approx time limit. One of the sample questions in the familiarisation booklet is a word “closest in meaning” question which is a synonym type question.

Visuteach’s online Kent English and maths packages contain questions similar to those required for the English part of the Kent Test.

Maths

The maths questions in the familiarisation booklet are similar to the maths questions in the GL Assessment packs which can be bought in shops and online.

Visuteach’s online Kent English and maths packages contain questions similar to those required for the maths part of the Kent Test.