How the test is marked

Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Medway Test places

We understand you may be concerned about how much classroom time you child may have missed and the impact of this on your child's Medway Test experience. Schools are working hard to ensure that pupils still get the education and support they need.

The method to decide which pupils will be considered for places at Medway grammar schools is calculated after the test.

Consideration is given to the overall performance of children who are sitting the test this year so children will still get a fair assessment.

How papers are marked

Each paper is marked to provide ‘raw’ scores:

  • mathematics and verbal reasoning are marked on the number of correct answers
  • extended writing is marked against specific criteria

The raw scores are then standardised (weighted) to reflect the child’s age at the time they sit the test. This is to make sure no child is disadvantaged because they're born later in the school year.

Every year a minimum total weighted score is set to determine the grammar pass mark.

This score is set at 23% of the children in the year group in Medway state primary and junior schools. This changes each year depending on the size of the year group.

The minimum score for this year will not be known until the test has been sat and the scores have been calculated.

The minimum score for the last few years were:

  • 2020: 490
  • 2019: 492
  • 2018: 495

The following formula is used to calculate the total weighted score for each child:

Extended Writing standardised score x 2
plus
Mathematics standardised score x 2
plus
Verbal reasoning standardised score x 1
equals
Total weighted score