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Proposal to create a single transfer test

Proposal to create a single transfer test

The Association of Quality Education (AQE) and the Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) have issued a joint statement announcing that they want to produce a single transfer test, the BBC have reported.

The statement said "We believe this to be in the best interest of pupils, parents and schools," and that that their aim was to have a common test in place by November 2019.

In October 2016, the minister appointed Prof Peter Tymms, from Durham University's school of education, to begin a process to find a common test.
Prof Tymms' subsequent report to the Department of Education (DE) has been obtained by the BBC.
It provides an outline of the form a common test could take, although it states that this is "solely intended to form the basis for initial discussion".

It suggests that:

  • Children should sit three test papers, each lasting 45 minutes
  • Two papers will be in multiple choice format
  • The third paper will not be multiple choice and will contain writing and maths exercises
  • The three papers could be taken on a single day.

However, the report also recommends that pupils should continue to sit the tests in post-primary schools rather than their own primary schools.

Sources told the BBC that talks would begin in early March.

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