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PPTC GL Assessment

Registration has now opened for the PPTC's 2021-22 Entrance Assessment (GL).

The Registration Pack is available from the PPTC website or from PPTC Assessment Centres.

AQE

Registration for the AQE's Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) opened today, Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 10am.
Registration closes at 5pm on Friday 24th September 2021.

Like last year this is an online process and the link to complete the online registration form is on the AQE's 2021/22 Registration Page.
Alternatively a hard copy (along with relevant guidance) is available to download and print at the bottom of the same page.

2021/22 AQE Registration opens at 10am on Tuesday 25th May 2021 and closes at 5.00pm on Friday 24th September 2021
Applications can be completed online via the AQE website throughout the opening period. Alternatively a hard copy will be available to download and print.
Further information, including Guidance Notes and Terms and Conditions, will be available on the AQE's website from Monday 24th May at the latest.

The AQE have today announced the dates for the 2021 assessments.

Saturday 20th Nov 2021: AQE (CEA) 1st Paper.
Saturday 27th Nov 2021: AQE (CEA) 2nd Paper.
Saturday 4th Dec 2021: AQE (CEA) 3rd Paper.

Dates for registration and further information on the assessments will be provided early next week.

PPTC's 2021 Entrance Assessment to go ahead

The PPTC have announced today that their Entrance Assessment (GL) will be held on Saturday 13th November 2021.

Christian Brothers Grammar in Omagh along with Mount Lourdes Grammar and St Michael's College in Enniskillen have become the latest to abandon the use of transfer tests results to select pupils for 2022 the BBC has reported.

The three Catholic schools who would normally use results from the GL Assessment test said it was due to the impact of the pandemic.

Full BBC Article

5 Catholic grammar schools in the Newry/Kilkeel area have announced that they will not be using GL Assessment results to select pupils for 2022 the BBC has reported.

In a joint letter, the schools said the move was due to "the impact of school closure on the current P6 pupils"

Two Catholic grammar schools in Londonderry have become the latest to abandon academic selection for 2022. the BBC has reported.

Thornhill College and St Columb's follow St Mary's Christian Brothers and Lagan College, both in Belfast, in scrapping the tests for a year.

Lagan College, Belfast

Lagan College, Belfast will not use will not use any form of academic selection as part of the P7 transfer process in 2022 the BBC has reported.

Lagan College is the second school in NI to abandon academic selection for 2022 admissions. In previous years the school had used academic selection to admit 35% of Year 8 pupils.

St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School, Belfast

St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School, Belfast will not use the PPTC's Entrance Assessment (GL) results to select pupils for 2022 the BBC has reported.

St Mary's has become the first grammar school to decide not to use transfer tests for a second year.

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