Kent College, Canterbury | Year 9, 13 Plus (13+) Entry Information

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Kent College, Canterbury (KC) is a co-educational independent school for boarding and day pupils in Kent. Founded in 1885, it occupies extensive lands which include a farm and sports pitches, as well as a range of cutting edge facilities. The school’s alumni list is long and impressive, featuring many esteemed politicians, architects, businessmen, historians and composers. [1]


KC has recently been rated as ‘excellent’ by the ISI across all inspected areas, including the quality of the teaching provision. This fantastic outcome is mainly due to the varied and rigorous curriculum, which covers everything from English, science and humanities to MFL, food technology and PSHE.


Additionally, the school is fully invested in providing children with activities to stimulate and facilitate their learning beyond the classroom. For this purpose, it offers an extensive programme of clubs, ranging from rowing, squash and yoga to Astronomy Club, debating and MUN. The college also offers Pony Club, coaching junior and senior horse riding teams who have won a number of awards through participation in NSEA regional and national events. [2]


Pastorally, KC provides comprehensive care through a dedicated, holistic and individualised approach which results in a warm and friendly learning environment. An impressive number of leavers access Russell Group Universities, amounting to the school’s exemplary reputation as a place where pupils have every opportunity to make the most out of their talents and ambition.


Kent College, Canterbury, 13 Plus (13+) Admissions


To learn more about the school’s provision, explore facilities and meet key members of staff, you are advised to visit KC together with your child. Details on how to book are available here


Following the visit, you may wish to register your child for Year 9 entry. The registration fee of £100 is non-refundable. 


To assess pupils for 13+ entry, Kent College, Canterbury, administers an online exam called CEM Select. 


Kent College, Canterbury, 13 Plus (13+) Exam Information


Address: Canterbury CT2 9DT

County: Kent

Admissions info: [email protected] or +44 (0)1227 763231

School type: Independent co-ed day and boarding school

Number of students: 750 (approx.)

Exam type / Board: CEM Select


As part of the assessment process for 13+ entry, your child will be asked to complete an online test called CEM Select.


The test contains a number of unusual question formats that your child is unlikely to have encountered before. These include drag and drop digits and sentence auto-completes.


The assessment will be divided into a series of highly time-pressured sections. Your child doesn’t necessarily need to complete all the questions in each section to do well.


Kent College, Canterbury, 13 Plus (13+) Exam Format



The CEM Select will cover the following areas:


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning


The Verbal Reasoning section of the test assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using words, with a special focus on depth and breadth of vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning section requires your child to solve problems using shapes and patterns with a main focus on one specific question type.


The Numerical Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers and arithmetic.


Kent College, Canterbury, 13 Plus (13+) Practice Tests


Our CEM Select practice tests are highly accurate, ensuring that your child’s preparation is targeted and efficient. 


Each timed module is marked automatically. Your child will then be able to review every question in detail with clear step-by-step explanations.


Statistical averages, based on the scores of other students who have taken the same practice test, are provided so you can get an idea of your child’s relative performance against their peer group. Click the below links to learn more and purchase: 


Online Practice Tests

These full mock tests are designed to provide your child with highly accurate practice ahead of their CEM Select Assessment. Each practice test covers Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning, replicating the modules, timings and question types used in the actual exam.


Each test contains unique content but they are all pitched at the same difficulty level as the actual assessment. This means you can easily benchmark your child’s progress as they work through the practice tests, quickly identifying their strengths and weaknesses.


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CEM Select Practice Test 2

CEM Select Practice Test 3

CEM Select Practice Test 4

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Online Skill Practice

Each of our Skill Practice tests is designed to focus on one specific question type that can come up in the CEM Select exam. They are ideal for targeted practice and an efficient way to quickly improve your child’s scores in each topic.


Verbal Ability


CEM Select – Comprehension Pack 1

CEM Select – Comprehension Pack 2

CEM Select – Missing Words Pack 1

CEM Select – Missing Words Pack 2

CEM Select – Related Words

CEM Select – Anagrams

CEM Select – Shuffled Sentences

CEM Select – Letter Connections

CEM Select – Multiple Meanings

CEM Select – Selected Letters


Non-Verbal Ability


CEM Select – Pictures


Numerical Ability


CEM Select – Arithmetic

CEM Select – Data Problems


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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of CEM Select or any other test publisher.

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