11 Plus Schools

11 Plus in Northern Ireland

The 11 Plus was officially discontinued in Northern Ireland, but has re-emerged as a different selective process. The original political intention had been to introduce fully comprehensive education in the region, but there was a fierce backlash from both grammar schools and parents to the imposition of what they described as a “one size fits all educational system”.

From the chaos some degree of order has been created, at least for the time being. Two consortia of schools have emerged: the Association for Quality Education (AQE), and another grouping known as the Post Primary Transfer Consortium, which is driven mainly by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS). The entrance tests for the two consortiums differ, and there is a brief summary of both below.

The Post Primary Transfer Consortium

  1. The test is set by GL Assessment (formerly NFER).
  2. There is no charge to parents for their child to take the test.
  3. Parents have to register an application with PPTC
  4. The test will take place in a Post Primary school. On the application is an option to select the most convenient Assessment centre.

The test will comprise:

  1. English: A 50 minute multiple choice paper of 65 questions, including 3 comprehension passages.
  2. Maths: A 45 minute multiple choice paper of 45 questions.
  3. There will be a short practice paper before each main paper, and a short break between papers.
  4. Papers will be marked by an optical reader.

Sample questions can be found here and here
Test specifications can be found here

PPTC Admissions Information for 2014 Entry

Registration Opens Monday 20th May 2013
Registration Closes Friday 20th September 2013
Test Dates Saturday 16th November 2013
Saturday 7th December 2013 – Supplementary Test
(for children who could not sit the first test. The questions on this paper will be different)
Test Types Maths and English (multiple choice)
Examiner GL Assessment
Results Friday 1st February 2014
Remarking Friday 14th February 2014 – application request deadline
Allocation May/June 2014
Admissions PPTC
The Transfer Test
Recommended Practice Materials
Maths
English

Sample papers are available here.

The Association for Quality Education

  1. The test has been devised by CEA (Common Entrance Assessment) and there are sample papers available on their website.
  2. There is a charge of £44.00 for each child taking the test, although this is waived for children in receipt of free school meals.
  3. There is the option to sit the test in Irish
  4. Parents have to register an application with AQE. Application forms are available from the AQE website or office, from ‘The Transfer Test’ website or the schools.
  5. There are three papers to give pupils the best opportunity to display their abilities. The best two marks are taken into account.
    A child has the option to only take 2 papers if he wishes.
    Tests are held at participating Grammar schools, it does not need to be taken at the school you are applying to.

AQE Admissions Information for 2014 Entry

Registration Opens Monday 13th May 2013
Registration Closes Friday 13th September 2013
Test Dates Saturday 9th November 2013 – Test 1
Saturday 23rd November 2013- Test 2
Saturday 30th November 2013 – Test 3
Test Types Maths and English
There are three 1 hour papers. Each paper includes both subjects. The test consists of standard format questions in Maths . The English consists of some multiple choice questions.
Maths- the questions relate to KS2 and will not exceed level 5 and contain number; measures; shape and space; and handling Data
See the format of the test here
For CEA test specification see the AQE website.
Examiner CEA (Common Entrance Assessment)
Marks Each paper will be marked by 3 markers. 20% of the papers will be marked again.
The best two scores will be taken and a mean standardised score will be calculated.
Results 1st February 2014
Remarking Friday 7th February 2014 – application request deadline
Monday 17th February 2014 – application submission deadline
20, 21, 24 February 2014 – remark results
Allocation May/June 2014
Admissions AQE
The Transfer Test
Recommended Practice Materials
Maths
English

The test will comprise:

  1. English – a poem and a prose passage
  2. English (Poem, Prose Passage), Maths and Basic Skills.
  3. Papers will be marked by hand.

Past assessment papers and sample papers are available to download from The Transfer Test website and
the AQE website here and here

Practice papers can also be purchased from this website

Schools in the Post Primary Transfer Consortium

Schools in the AQE Consortium

Belfast Area

North Eastern Area

South Eastern Area

Western Area

Southern Area

Information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of writing, but we would not necessarily be aware of subsequent changes unless someone brings them to our attention.
Before acting on any information given here, please verify that it is up to date.

Page updated on 10th May 2013

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