Information & Guidance for the Shepway Test

The statutory admission process in Kent is that students who wish to be considered for entry to Y7 this September into any selective school should take the Kent Test and their parents then have to complete a Secondary Common Application Form. The Kent Test comprises Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning papers and a piece of writing, which is taken into account should there be a Headteacher Appeal.

Once a student has taken the Kent Test, it is marked and the primary school Headteachers are notified of the scores for their students. If a student has not been assessed as selective but their Headteacher thinks that they should have been deemed selective the Headteacher can appeal on the student’s behalf. A panel of Headteachers then assesses the student’s work and the written work that was submitted for the Kent Test and they determine whether or not the student should be assessed as selective.

Hence the eligibility for a grammar school place across Kent is determined by the Kent Test and/or the Headteacher Appeal, where this has been carried out.

For information on the Kent Test:

In addition, The Folkestone School for Girls, alongside the Harvey Boys Grammar School runs ‘The Shepway Test’. This is a test developed by CEM at Durham University. The Shepway Test effectively gives students a second chance to show that they are of selective ability.

The Shepway Test is a computer based test which assesses verbal reasoning, non verbal reasoning and mathematics.

Students only have to achieve the required standard on one of the tests in order to be deemed selective.

The Shepway test is held at the Folkestone School for girls. The test itself is approximately 45 minutes.

It is essential that you attend at the time stated on your invitation. Parents are welcome to stay at the school during the test, refreshments will be available throughout.

Application Form

This is now closed.

The Shepway Test Date

Due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19 a final date is still TBC in line with the confirmed date for the Kent test.

CEM Familiarisation Test

Click here to try the CEM Familiarisation Test  Please note this version will only work on a desktop PC with an up to date version of Adobe Flash Player and will not work on Phones or tablets. Alternatively please click the link below to view an example of the test via a PDF.

Click here to view an example of the CEM Familiarisation Test

Written test

The written test consists of the following elements:

- Half an hour of creative writing

Computer test

The computer test consists of the following elements:

- Comprehension

- Vocabulary and understanding of Words

- Mathematics

- Non-verbal reasoning 



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The Folkestone School for Girls

Coolinge Lane

Folkestone, Kent

CT20 3RB United Kingdom


Tel: +44 (0) 1303 251125