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Schools' Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG)

Schools' Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG)

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, who is also 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 start in 2023

  • The SEAG's common 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.

The Common Transfer Test

  • The test will consist of two papers held on two Saturdays two weeks apart.
  • The common transfer test will 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 extended written 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.