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Schools' Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG)

Schools' Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG)

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In July 2022 the chair of the SEAG said the organisation "will endeavour to make information available to all parents, and other stakeholders, in a timely and open manner in the coming months."

Schools' Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG)

It was announced on the 7th October 2021 that 56 grammar schools have signed up to join the Schools' Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG). The company was formed to set a single common post-primary transfer test.
Michael Carville, the principal of Regent House Grammar School in Newtownards, is the first chairperson of the Schools' Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG). There are eight directors, including Mr Carville, all of whom are school principals.

New Single Test to replace AQE & GL

  • The SEAG's single transfer test will replace the current system of two separate tests run by the AQE & the PPTC.
  • The November 2022 tests run by the AQE & the PPTC will be the last before they are replaced by the new single test in November 2023.

November 2023 Test Details

  • The test will consist of two papers held on two Saturdays two weeks apart.
  • The transfer test is currently due be held on the second and fourth Saturdays in November 2023. Saturday 12th November 2023 and Saturday 26th November 2023.
  • Each paper will feature English and Mathematics questions.
  • There will be a mixture of multiple choice and open questions.
  • Irish-language versions of the transfer test will also be provided.
  • It will cost £20 per pupil, or it will be free for pupils who can claim Free School Meals.
  • GL Assessment will provide the new 'common transfer test'.

SEAG Grammar Schools

  • The announcement did not specify which specific schools have joined.
  • 25 of the schools used AQE tests.
  • 27 of the schools used PPTC tests.
  • 4 of the schools used both tests.
  • Eighteen of the schools are located in the greater Belfast area.
  • The other 38 schools are spread right across Northern Ireland.
  • Four unnamed grammars have still not decided whether to join SEAG or not.

SEAG Website & Contact Details

There will be an SEAG website which will have all the information and documentation regarding the new test. We do not know when the website will be launched.
We currently do not have any contact details for the SEAG.

Past Papers

There will not be any past papers as 2023 will be the first time the test will take place.
It is also highly likely that past papers will not be available in the future as this was the case for the PPTC's Entrance Assessment (GL) which was also set by GL Assessment.

Practice Papers

We ourselves will endeavour to develop new practice papers that follow the new single test format as soon as details are confirmed.