The Transfer Test in Northern Ireland

What is the Transfer Test?


Northern Ireland had, for many years an 11+ exam which was organised by the Department of Education. Many years ago, it consisted of Verbal Reasoning papers that often contained 100 questions which had to be completed in one hour.

Later versions contained English, Maths and science questions. The last version managed by the Department of Education contained English and maths questions.

This last version was abolished by the Minister of Education and it has been replaced by two different tests now known as The Transfer Test. They are not organised by the government but by two different bodies and the tests are now commonly known as the AQE (or Common Entrance Assessment) and the GL (or Post Primary Transfer Consortium test.)

The tests are not compulsory and your child can sit no test at all, one version of the Transfer Test or both versions. Most grammar schools accept results from only one version of the test but some schools will accept results from either version of the test.

 

If you want your child to sit a Transfer Test then it is your responsibility, as the parent, to register your child for the tests.

 

Which Transfer Test or Tests that your child takes will depend on which grammar school or schools that you want your child wants to attend.

 

From this page you can find all sorts of information about all Northern Ireland grammar schools, the tests that they use, previous results and links to the school webpage.

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Methodist College Belfast

Northern-Ireland-AQE

Methodist College Belfast (or MCB as it is often known) uses the AQE Transfer Test and was opened in 1868 having been founded by the Methodist Church in Ireland. In 1865 there were about 23,000 Methodists in Ireland out of a population of about 6 million. 

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Hunterhouse College

Northern-Ireland-AQE & GL


Hunterhouse College was founded by the amalgamation of Ashleigh House and Princess Gardens schools in 1987. The school is an all-girls' grammar school which is situated in Finaghy, Belfast. The school accepts pupils from across.....

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Grosvenor Grammar School

Northern-Ireland-AQE

As the population of Belfast grew after the second World War the Belfast Corporation understood the increase in demand for grammar-school education in the Belfast area and Grosvenor Grammar School was founded in 1945.....

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Campbell College

Northern-Ireland-AQE & GL


The school was founded in 1894 following a gift of money from Henry James Campbell who made his fortune in the linen trade. It is a day and boarding school educating boys from ages four to 18. The school accepts AQE or PPTC results....

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Bloomfield Collegiate School

Northern-Ireland-AQE

Bloomfield Collegiate was founded in 1905. Today the school has in the region of 800 pupils and places in year 8 are always in high demand. Bloomfield Collegiate uses the results from the AQE Transfer Test as part of its intake procedure for year 8.....

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Belfast Royal Academy

Northern-Ireland-AQE

Belfast Royal Academy is a voluntary grammar school, using the Transfer Test and its management is vested in a Board of Governors on which parents and teachers are represented.....

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