Here is the Breakdown of the 2023 KCPE Exam Timetable

The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams are set to start on October 30.

Rehearsals will take place on Friday, October 27.

They will have mathematics, English language and English composition on Monday.


Class 8 learners will sit for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) while Grade 6 learners will sit for the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA).

Exams for both KCPE and KPSEA will begin on Monday, October 30, and end on Wednesday, November 1.

There are 1,282,574 candidates set to sit the KPSEA assessments. As last year, the assessment will be done to monitor learner achievement and not the placement of candidates.


The other 60 per cent comes from classroom-based continuous assessment tests conducted in Grades 4, 5 and 6.

The Breakdown of the 2023 KPE Exam Timetable

Day 1


English Language

English Composition

Day 2


Kiswahili Lugha

Kiswahili Insha

Day 3

Social studies and Religious Education

Unlike in KCPE exams where candidates are rated out of 100 per cent, KPSEA only accounts for 40 per cent of the final score.

Candidates set to sit KCPE exams this year are 1,415, 315. 

The candidature for KCPE recorded a significant increase of 13.74 per cent (170,982 candidates) in 2023 when compared to 2022.

The 2023 KCPE examinations mark the end of the 8-4-4 system in primary schools.