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Regional publisher puts its readers to the ultimate test

A regional publisher is challenging its readers to see if they are as smart as their children.

The Kent Messenger Group has designed a mock 11-plus exam and is asking: Can you pass the test?

From this week more than 13,000 children in Kent will take a new form of the exam – with the ultimate goal of landing children a place at one of the county’s grammar schools.

To see how the older generation might fare – the family-owned multimedia publisher has set its own test, both in the papers and with an online version.

Test teaser . . . the print 'come on' top, and the online test, above

“Are you smarter than a 10-year-old? Find out with our mock 11+ exam,” asks KM editorial director Ian Carter.

The actual Kent exam consists of two tests – one assessing reasoning ability and a second literacy and numeracy. In addition, there will a writing test under exam conditions. This will be used by head teacher panels in borderline cases.

Kent County Council has introduced changes to the test in an attempt to create a more level playing field between those who can afford private tutoring and those that cannot.

Education chiefs hope this will limit the advantages of private coaching in the ‘tutor-proof’ test.

Children will take the similar Medway Test – Medway’s version of the exam – in schools across the Medway Towns from next Tuesday.

Could you pass the 11-plus today? Try the KM’s sample exam by clicking the link below and printing out the test . . . but don’t peek at the answers until you’re finished.


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  • September 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    There is a much simpler way to circumvent the problem of private tuition working to the advantage of wealthy families and that is to follow the rest of the country into a more modern and equal world and introduce comprehensive education.

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  • September 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    0 points for originality .This sort of thing’s been floating round ‘Twitterbook’ for years!

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