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Elevenplus exam Northern Ireland

(also known as the transfer test or academic selection)

11 plus exams in Northern Ireland

Many Local Education Authorities in England use some combination of Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English, Mathematics and Science questions. The format of the examination set by each Local Education Authority can vary in the type of question, the number of questions set and the method of answering multiple choice versus traditional answers.

For many years the 11 plus examinations (also known as the Transfer Test) in Northern Ireland consisted of Verbal Reasoning papers but in recent years the examination has been based on English and Mathematics.

In September of the child's primary seven year parents are given the choice as to whether their child should sit the 11 plus or not, taking the examination is not compulsory.

Two examination bodies now run the elevenplus examination - The Transfer Test. The Association Of Quality Education (AQE) set 3 standard format papers while the Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) set 2 multiple choice papers.

The tests are taken on Saturdays, usually in November/December, in various grammar schools and not in the primary school.

The examination is usually supervised by grammar school staff.

The questions in both exams will be quite demanding and primary schools are discouraged from preparing their pupils for these Transfer Tests.

Following marking of the Transfer Tests pupils are issued grades either as a numerical score (AQE) or as a letter and number (PPTC) ie A, B1, B2, C1, C2 or D. Parents can use these "scores" or "letter and number grades" to apply for their chosen grammar school(s).

Marking of the examinations is very rigorous and while issuing the wrong grade is unlikely a parent can request to have a pupil's examination remarked.

By virtue of the marking and grading system it is very difficult to predict what score will obtain a grammar school place for any child.

The Transfer Test is strongly based on the Key Stage Two Programmes of Study and requirements will be quite high.

The preparation for the 11 plusexams given within schools varies and many parents use private tutors or purchase commercial practice aids from bookshops.

Further information about the Northern Ireland Transfer Tests can be found on grammar school websites, the AQE and PPTC websites.


Northern  Ireland Grammar Schools

Abbey Christian Brothers Grammar School, Newry, County Down
Antrim Grammar School, Antrim, County Antrim
Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School, Belfast
Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch, County Down
Ballyclare High School, Ballyclare, County Antrim
Ballymena Academy, Ballymena, County Antrim
Banbridge Academy, Banbridge, County Down
Bangor Grammar School, Bangor, County Down
Belfast High School, Newtownabbey, County Antrim
Belfast Royal Academy, Belfast
Bloomfield Collegiate, Belfast
Cambridge House Grammar School, Ballymena, County Antrim
Campbell College, Belfast
Carrickfergus Grammar School, Carrickfergus, County Antrim
Christian Brothers' Grammar School, Omagh, County Tyrone
Coleraine Academical Institution, Coleraine, County Londonderry
Coleraine High School, Coleraine, County Londonderry
Dalriada School, Ballymoney, County Antrim
Dominican College, Fortwilliam, Belfast
Dominican College, Portstewart, County Londonderry
Down High School, Downpatrick, County Down
Enniskillen Collegiate, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
Foyle and Londonderry College, Derry
Friends' School, Lisburn, County Antrim
Glenlola Collegiate School, Bangor, County Down
Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast
Hunterhouse College, Belfast
Larne Grammar School, Larne, County Antrim
Limavady Grammar School, Limavady, County Londonderry
Loreto College, Coleraine, County Londonderry
Loreto Grammar School, Omagh, County Tyrone
Lumen Christi College, Derry
Lurgan College, Lurgan, County Armagh
Methodist College, Belfast
Mount Lourdes Grammar School, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
Omagh Academy, Omagh, County Tyrone
Our Lady and St Patrick's College, Belfast
Our Lady's Grammar School, Newry, County Down
Portadown College, Portadown, County Armagh
Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
Rainey Endowed School, Magherafelt, County Londonderry
Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast
Regent House School, Newtownards, County Down
Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Belfast
Royal School, Armagh, Armagh
Royal School Dungannon, Dungannon, County Tyrone
Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry, County Down
St Colman's College, Newry, County Down
St. Columb's College, Derry
St. Dominic's High School, Belfast
St Joseph's Convent Grammar School, Donaghmore, County Tyrone
St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena, Ballymena, County Antrim
St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel, Kilkeel, County Down
St MacNissi's College, Ballymena, County Antrim
St. Malachy's College, Belfast
St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School, Belfast
St Mary's Grammar School, Magherafelt, County Londonderry
St Michael's College, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
St Michael's Grammar School, Lurgan, Lurgan, County Armagh
St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon, County Tyrone
St Patrick's Grammar School, Armagh
St. Patrick's Grammar School, Downpatrick, Downpatrick, County Down
Strabane Grammar School, Strabane, County Tyrone
Strathearn School, Belfast
Sullivan Upper School, Holywood, County Down
Victoria College, Belfast
Wallace High School, Lisburn, County Antrim
Wellington College, Belfast, Belfast

Many thanks to Wikipedia for this valuable information.


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