How the test is marked

This content is for the September 2024 test (September 2025 Year 7 admission).

In the meantime, see our secondary admissions scheme for information about the 2024 test.

Each paper is marked to provide ‘raw’ scores. The raw scores for each paper are based on the number of correct answers.

The raw scores are then standardised 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.

Scores for the individual papers are weighted to create a total weighted score. The following formula is used to calculate the total weighted score for each child:

English test standardised score x 2
Mathematics test standardised score x 2
Reasoning test standardised score x 1
Total weighted score  

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

This score is set at 26% (subject to Approval for three grammar schools to change to mixed gender for September 2025 entry) of the children in the year group in Medway state primary and junior schools.

If this change is not approved before September 2024, the test will assess and select 25% of the Medway children in the year group as grammar.

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:

  • 2024 admissions: 492
  • 2023 admissions: 488 
  • 2022 admissions: 487

All children who attend Medway maintained schools, non-Medway schools or Medway independent schools whose score is above the minimum total weighted score will be assessed as grammar.

All children who have taken the tests and achieved scores that are below the minimum score will be deemed non-grammar.