GL (PPTC) Transfer

TEST INFORMATION

GL (PPTC) Transfer Test Assessment Information

The Post-Primary Transfer Consortium Ltd. is the consortium that has been formed to manage and administer the GL Assessment test. The test is also known as the GL Transfer Test or the PPTC test.

This page contains links to important documents including how to register for the GL assessment test, a list of participating GL Grammar Schools who use the GL Assessment Transfer Test, how the test is marked and scored and the arrangements for Special Circumstances / Provisions. 

How to register for the GL Entrance Assessment Test

Registration forms for the Autumn 2019 tests. 
The GL form for 2019-2020 is now available at registration form and must be completed and returned to the school which you have chosen as your test centre by 2.00pm on Friday 20th September 2019.

There is no charge to sit the GL Assessment test. The PPTC provide very good Guidance Notes on how to complete the GL Registration Form.

GL Consortium Schools

Schools
There are 34 schools offering the GL Assessment test and using it as part of the grammar school selection procedure of pupils into Year 8 (1st form), The links on the PPTC(NI) website schools page will take you to the website of the relevant school where you will find more information about the test procedures and any additional detail or advice provided by each school.

The schools are listed below.

Emergency Access Arrangements

Access Arrangements

Access Arrangements are approved by the Assessment Centre before or at the time of the assessment and are intended to allow your child to demonstrate their full potential. Examples of Access Arrangements would be provision of an enlarged paper for a child with a visual impairment or the granting of extra time to a child with particular physical or learning needs. 
(Access arrangements are not the same as Special Circumstances.)

If you think your child may be eligible you should  read the details in the following documents.

The Assessment Procedure

On the day of the tests

The GL assessments begin at 10 a.m. The first paper, assessing English lasts 50 minutes and the second paper, testing Mathematics lasts 45 minutes. There is a short practice session before each paper and between the papers. This is to allow the children to have time for a snack and a toilet break. There is a Supplementary Entrance Assessment on Saturday 7th December 2019.

GL Assessments Marking and Results

Marks and results

The tests are marked by GL Assessment - an English based company known also as Granada Learning. This company is known for their rigour and high quality.  As the tests are multiple-choice they will probably be marked by a computer linked optical reader. 
Marks are given as A, B1, B2, C1, C2 or D. The tests are marked and take into consideration your child's Standardised Age Score achieved in both the English and Mathematics assessment papers. Standardised Age Scores have a scale running from 69 to 141 with 100 as the mean. PPTC provide the answer to many queries in the FAQ section of their website.

Results are posted to parents on Friday 24th January 2020 and the results are posted to the home address used during the registration process. If your address has changed you must inform the PPTC Office of your new address. 

GL Assessment Tests: Grammar Schools’ intake and grade details

What score does my child need in the GL Assessment Test ?

The GL scores are published in the Belfast Telegraph and  the links below will take you to the Belfast Telegraph site where you review the scores for the last three years. These tables will give you an indication of what GL Assessment score might be needed for Year 8 entry in September 2018. The required score can vary each year depending on factors such as how many children sit the GL Assessment, average scores across the cohort and demand for places in each school.

These are comprehensive tables and they show the grades or scores needed to get into each grammar schools using the GL Transfer Test result. Some schools accept both the AQE and the GL Assessment.

The table contains the school's name, where the school isand  the highest and lowest result that each school accepted.

It also includes how many first preference choices it received, total applications and how many spaces the school has in year 8 - the Approved Enrolment.

GL Entrance Assessment Key Dates & Timetable

  • Registration packs are available from Assessment Centres or their websites or from the
    PPTC website (www.pptcni.com).

  • Friday 20th September 2019 Deadline (2.00 pm) for receipt of completed Registration Forms.

  • Saturday 16th November 2019 Entrance Assessment.

  • Monday 25th November 2019 Deadline (2.00 pm) for receipt of requests to take the Supplementary Entrance Assessment.

  • Saturday 7th December 2019 Supplementary Entrance Assessment.

  • Friday 13th December 2019 Deadline (2.00 pm) for registering claims for Special Circumstances.

  • Friday 24th January 2020 Results of the Entrance Assessment posted (first class) to children’s homes.

  • Friday 7th February 2020 Deadline (2.00 pm) for receipt of requests for re-mark of the Entrance Assessment.

Special Circumstances and Provisions

Special circumstances

Special Circumstances/Provisions are considered during the admissions process by the Board of Governors of each school to which you have applied for your child to attend. Special circumstances may be given to ensure that a child who suffered with a temporary illness, injury or other problem, at the time the assessment. This issue may have affected their score and special circumstances may be applied to give some recognition of the difficulty he/she faced. 


There are forms to be completed and strict deadlines to be met. You should read, in detail, the forms contained in the PPTC Special Circumstances Policy Pack which will be available after the 16th November 2019. ​

 

The Access Arrangements Policy also provides some information about Special Circumstances.

Free sample GL Entrance Assessment Tests

PPTC offer Free Sample GL Assessment Paper questions on their website.  You can always purchase GL practice tests and English or maths preparation papers from our shop.


Sample English Entrance Assessment Tests
PPTC provide this sample of the English questions used for the GL Entrance Assessment.
 

Sample GL English Answer Sheet
PPTC provide this sample of the English answer sheet used for the GL Entrance Assessment.
 

Sample Mathematics Entrance Assessment Tests

PPTC provide this sample of the English questions used for the GL Entrance Assessment.
 

Sample GL MathematicsAnswer Sheet

PPTC provide this sample of the Mathematics answer sheet used for the GL Entrance Assessment.
 

Sample Questions English (Irish Language)
PPTC provide this sample of the English Assessment Booklet (Irish Version)

Sample Questions Mathematics (Irish Language)

PPTC provide this sample of the Mathematics Assessment Booklet (Irish Version)

Detailed information about all aspects of the GL assessments is available at http://www.pptcni.com

** This information is provided for guidance only and while the content is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate we cannot be held in any way responsible for any errors or omissions that it may contain. Please contact your  examining board or chosen grammar school for all admission and registration details for the Transfer Test. **

What score does my child need in the GL Assessment Test ?

The GL scores are published in the Belfast Telegraph and  the links below will take you to the Belfast Telegraph site where you review the scores for the last three years. These tables will give you an indication of what GL Assessment score might be needed for Year 8 entry in September 2018. The required score can vary each year depending on factors such as how many children sit the GL Assessment, average scores across the cohort and demand for places in each school.

These are comprehensive tables and they show the grades or scores needed to get into each grammar schools using the GL Transfer Test result. Some schools accept both the AQE and the GL Assessment.

The table contains the school's name, where the school isand  the highest and lowest result that each school accepted.

It also includes how many first preference choices it received, total applications and how many spaces the school has in year 8 - the Approved Enrolment.

GL Assessment Test Details

Required score for the 2018 AQE and GL intake on the Belfast Telegraph Website

Required score for the 2017 AQE and GL intake on the Belfast Telegraph Website
Required score for the 2016 AQE and GL intake on the Belfast Telegraph Website
Required score for the 2015 AQE and GL intake on the Belfast Telegraph Website

** This information is provided for guidance only and while the content is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate we cannot be held in any way responsible for any errors or omissions that it may contain. Please contact your examining board or chosen grammar school for all admission and registration details for the Transfer Test. **

The following is a list of grammar schools using the GL (PPTC) Transfer Test

There are a small number of schools that accept both Transfer Test results. Ensure that you check details with your chosen school.

GRAMMAR SCHOOLS THAT ACCEPT BOTH TESTS

View AQE Test Information

 
** This information is provided for guidance only and while the content is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate we cannot be held in any way responsible for any errors or omissions that it may contain. Please contact your  examining board or chosen grammar school for all admission and registration details for the Transfer Test. **

 
 
 

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