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PPTC's 2021 Entrance Assessment to go ahead

PPTC's 2021 Entrance Assessment to go ahead

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.

The PPTC engaged with parents, primary school principals, its own grammar school members, its test provider GL Assessment, AQE and other stakeholders to help shape and finalise plans for the 2021-22 Entrance Assessment.
Guidelines will be released on 17 May and registration will open on 1 June 2021.
The guides will lay out the modifications "to reduce the overall demand of the assessment", including the reduction of comprehension passages from three to two in the English assessment, and fewer topics will be covered in the Maths assessment.

Key Decisions in relation to the PPTC's 2021-22 Entrance Assessment

  • The Entrance Assessment will be held on Saturday 13th November 2021.
  • In the event that it is not possible to hold the Assessment on 13th November, a contingency date of 11th December 2021 will be used.
  • The Assessment will be based on English and Mathematics with Gaeilge versions available as in all past years.
  • Both the English and the Mathematics papers will be significantly modified to take account of the disruption to formal education experienced by pupils and the desire of parents and teachers that the Assessment be held in November rather than later in the school year.
  • To ensure that all pupils have the same experience, the Entrance Assessment will be held in PPTC Centres, with all appropriate Covid safeguards in place.
  • The registration period for the Entrance Assessment will open on Tuesday 1st June 2021.
  • As far as possible, pupils from the same primary school class bubbles will be registered to sit the Assessment in the same PPTC Centre.
  • Specification guides will be available in the week beginning 17th May 2021. For English these will set out specific steps that have been taken to reduce the overall demand of the Assessment - for example, by reducing the number of comprehension passages from 3 to 2. For Mathematics the specification will show that the overall demand of the Assessment has also been reduced – for example, by limiting the topic areas which will be assessed and the content within some of these topic areas.
  • A full practice English paper and a full practice Mathematics paper (+ Gaeilge versions) will be available, at no cost, at the start of the P7 school year.

More information

Full 10th May 2021 Statement
2021-22 PPTC Entrance Assessment FAQs
2021-22 PPTC Assessment Centres