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AQE says single test 'would take three years to develop'.

AQE says single test 'would take three years to develop'.

The chief executive of the Association of Quality Education (AQE) has said a single transfer test will not be possible for "at least three years" the BBC have reported.

Last week, Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster said she thought that a single test for secondary schools could be developed this year.
However, when speaking to BBC Northern Ireland's The View programme, Stephen Connolly said that would be "impossible."
"The registration process has been going on for the last month," he said. "The schools have been preparing their children, so to turn around and say that 'we're now going to have a single test and it'll be different' would simply be impossible." "We couldn't do that."

Attempts by AQE and the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC), which runs the GL tests, to create a common transfer test have so far failed.
The two bodies have not been able to find agreement on how the test should be paid for and what format it should take.
Mr Connolly said that, even if those differences could be overcome, it would take at least three years to create a common test.
"If we work hard to reach agreement on those important issues, particularly the issue of funding, then we've got to put together a test which is agreeable to both of us," he said.
"Then we're going to have to trial it in some way, provide past papers, give information to schools.
"Two years would be too tight a timetable, so I think we're looking at least - and I stress at least - three years.

Full BBC Article

The View is available to watch on BBC iPlayer until the end of June 2016. Skip to 19 mins for the section of the programme about The Transfer Test.