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Transfer Test Papers

What is a good GL
Transfer Test Exam score?

What is a good GL Transfer Test Entrance Exam score?

The GL (PPTCNI) entrance exam scores are given in a different format to the AQE results.


Results from the Entrance Assessment are issued in January following the Transfer Tests in the previous school term. If parents give permission their child's score and Test results are sent to their primary school.


How are your child’s results of the Entrance Assessment reported?

Children will receive an overall grade, i.e. A, B1, B2, C1, C2 or D. With the Entrance Assessment result parents also receive a Standardised Age Score achieved in both the English and Mathematics assessment papers. Parents also receive a Cohort Percentile which is based on the combined total of the Standardised Age Scores. (Standardised Age Scores run from 69 to 141 with 100 being taken as the average.)


Due to the statistics applied to the "raw" tests scores it is not possible to say what raw score is equivalent to A, B1, B2 etc. but the closer a child's Standardised Age score is to 141 the more likely hood there is of the child obtaining an "A" grade.

When parents ask what is a good GL Transfer Test score they want to know if  a particular grade will be good enough to get their child into their chosen grammar school. There is no simple answer to this question. 

The highest and lowest GL scores that a school accepts will vary from year to year. There will be a number of factors that affect this including how many pupils there are in that year seven group and how many of those year 7 pupils live close to the relevant grammar school. Often how many parents applied the year before can affect how many parents apply the next year.


Sometimes if a school is heavily oversubscribed one year there can be a tendency for parents to consider that entry to this school can be difficult and so they may consider another school instead. Obviously the scores that all the children achieve in the GL Entrance Exam plays its part. If pupils are scoring highly then a better grade is going to be necessary.


The simple answer is that the higher grade obtained increases a child's chance of getting into their chosen school. Both versions of the Transfer Test are rigidly marked and remarked making a marking error unlikely. Parents can have their child's test remarked and they must be aware that this can take a child's score down as well as up.


You can view previous GL Entrance Exam scores for schools and visit the school website from
this page.


In conclusion the better grade that your child achieves, taken alongside the school's entrance criteria, will improve their chances of getting into their chosen grammar school but it remains very difficult to answer the question "What is a good GL Transfer test Score?"

** 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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