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Proposals for a single transfer test are put forward by AQE & PPTC

Proposals for a single transfer test are put forward by AQE & PPTC

Proposals for a common transfer test have been agreed by the two organisations that run the exams BBC News NI has reported.
The draft proposals have been put forward by negotiators representing the AQE and the PPTC and a consultation will now take place where grammar school principals and boards of governors with be part of the consultation process. However, a single test is unlikely to be in operation for at least two to three years even if there is agreement.

BBC News NI reports that the proposals include:

  • Two tests of one hour each taken on successive Saturdays, with one supplementary test for pupils who miss a test due to illness or other circumstances
  • That the tests will combine elements of the existing AQE and PPTC tests, with both multiple choice and longer Maths and English questions which require a written answer
  • A charge to families of £20 per pupil to enter the tests, although children entitled to free school meals will not have to pay

In a joint statement to BBC News NI, AQE and PPTC said that "encouraging progress" had been made.
"Provisional agreements on the financial model which could support an assessment offering access to all grammar schools, the style of test paper and the number of separate tests were presented by the negotiating teams in the last fortnight to the groups' respective AGMs," they said.

Primary school principals, governors, teachers and parents will also be consulted before any single test comes into effect.

Full BBC article