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Northern Ireland transfer test guide: How Belfast Telegraph tables were compiled

There are no official stats as the Department for Education does not provide the tests.
There are no official stats as the Department for Education does not provide the tests.
Leona O'Neill

BY Leona O'Neill

Eleven years have passed since the 11-plus was scrapped, but transfer tests are gaining popularity. In 2016/17, 11,570 applications were made for the 8,743 places at our 63 selective grammars. In 2017/18 12,285 applications were made for the 8,844 places.

The Belfast Telegraph asked every grammar school:

  • How many pupils in total applied for a year 8 place in September 2018?
  • How many of these pupils were granted a year 8 place in September 2018?
  • What was the highest score you accepted in AQE/GL assessments? If you did not use scores, what is the highest grade you accepted?
  • What was the lowest score you accepted in AQE/GL assessments? If you did not use scores, what is the lowest grade you accepted?

There are no official Department of Education figures, because both the Post Primary Transfer Consortium's GL assessment and the Association of Quality Education's (AQE) Common Entrance Assessment are unofficial tests.

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