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Free Transfer Test Practice Booklets in Belfast Telegraph

Every day from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd March 2013 there's a free practice questions booklet with the Belfast Telegraph.

Each booklet contains a set of both AQE (CEA) and GL (multiple choice) type questions.
There are working out pages for your child and handy hints and tips.

Collect your five free Transfer Test books only in the Belfast Telegraph from Monday.

Northern Ireland Transfer Test Results 2013

Results day has finally arrived. Good luck to all the children & parents eagerly waiting for the postman to arrive.
We hope you get the grade/score you need for your preferred school.

Remember to visit our School Intake Information page for all the highest and lowest scores or grades that each grammar school accepted for the previous 3 years. This can help guide you with your School choices.

2013 AQE Assessment dates announced

The AQE Assessment dates for the 2013/14 cycle have been announced. They are,

Assessment 1: Saturday 9th November 2013
Assessment 2: Saturday 23rd November 2013
Assessment 3: Saturday 30th November 2013

For more information & dates for the AQE 2013/14 cycle visit our AQE page

Northern Ireland Transfer Test News

The Ulster Unionists have called on the Education Minister to implement a single agreed test for a period of two years, the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

Northern Ireland Transfer Test News

An all-time high of 13,865 primary school pupils are set to take either the transfer tests in Northern Ireland over the coming weeks.
That means around 64% of all Year 7 pupils will be sitting the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) and the GL Assessment tests over the coming weeks.

The unregulated tests, now in their fourth year, are used by Northern Ireland’s 68 grammar schools to admit around 9,000 Year 8 pupils.

Yesterday the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland attended a conference at St Genevieve's High School in Belfast to present their recommendations on the future of Catholic grammar schools.

The Bishops called on the Northern Ireland Assembly to urgently agree on a "better system of transfer" to post-primary schools.

In their statement, the Catholic bishops said: "We support the desire of all parents for schools that will help their children achieve academic excellence.

Transfer Test Post Delivered

The Department of Education has been criticised for moving the delivery of the P7 pupils post-primary placement letters from a Saturday to a Tuesday.

In previous years the letters arrived on a Saturday which give parents the weekend to help their children come to terms with any disappointment. This was changed, when last year a significant amount of letters didn't arrive in the Saturday post. As it was a bank holiday weekend, it was Tuesday before any late letters arrived or Education & Library Boards were contactable.

The Belfast Telegraph has reported that Primary Schools that prepare pupils for unregulated transfer tests are unlikely to face disciplinary action.

The threat of being hauled before a Curriculum Complaints Tribunal — and being reported to the Department of Education by inspectors — has been hanging over the heads of Northern Ireland’s 800 primary schools. But it has emerged that no school has ever been brought before a Curriculum Complaints Tribunal since it was enshrined in law 20 years ago.

More than half of the post-primary schools in the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) area could close because of financial pressures.

A document for the North Eastern Education Board, leaked to the Ballymena Guardian suggests cutting secondary schools from 49 down to 20.

However, an education board spokesman stressed the leaked document was a draft. The spokesman said final decisions were up to the minister.