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PPTC Entrance Assessment (GL)

PPTC (GL Assessment) Special Circumstances Pack

The pack for claiming special circumstances has now been added to the PPTC website.
Links to download the pack are also below.

Special Circumstances Pack (3 Documents)

Claiming Special Circumstances - A Guide for Parents and Guardians
This provides helpful information for parents and guardians who consider that their child may have experienced a medical or other problem which could have affected his/her score in the Entrance Assessment.

SCR (Special Circumstances Registration Form)
This is the form which should be completed to register a claim for Special Circumstances, and returned to the Assessment Centre by 2:00pm Friday 14th December 2018.

SC1 (Special Circumstances Claim Form)
This is the form which should be completed and attached to the Transfer Form, along with supporting evidence, in order to proceed with a claim for Special Circumstances, after taking account of the Entrance Assessment outcomes.

Contact

Website: www.pptcni.com

If the Registration pack documents do not cover all of your concerns, please contact the nearest PPTC Assessment Centre and ask to speak to the Assessment Officer.

Key dates (2018/19)

14th May 2018: Registration Opens
21st Sep 2018: Registration Closes
17th Nov 2018: The Assessments
8th Dec 2018: Supplementary Assessment
26th Jan 2019: Results

More Key Dates

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PPTC

Post Primary Transfer Consortium
34 schools use the PPTC's Entrance Assessment (GL) as part of their selection criteria for admission to Year 8 (Form 1). These Schools are listed at the bottom of the page.

Entrance Assessment (GL)

  • The PPTC Entrance Assessment is commonly referred to as the GL, GL Test or GL Assessment.
  • The assessment consists of 2 standardised papers and are multiple choice in format.
  • The Maths Paper has 45 Questions and lasts 45 minutes.
  • The English Paper has 60 Questions and lasts 50 minutes
  • There will be a short practice session before each of the papers and, between the papers, the children will have time for a snack and a toilet break.
  • The children will record their answers on a separate computer marked answer sheet.
  • The Entrance Assessment will be marked independently by GL Assessment.
  • The aspects of English and Mathematics covered by the Entrance Assessment are consistent with the legal requirements of the Northern Ireland Key Stage 2 curriculum.

2018/19 PPTC (GL) Registration Pack

Registration Form
This should be completed and returned to the school which you have nominated as Assessment Centre 1 by 2.00pm on Friday 21st September 2018.


Contents and Timetable
This gives details of all the documents in the registration pack and the timetable of the key dates.

Guidance Notes
These will assist in the completion of the Registration Form and other documents.

Specification of the Entrance Assessment
This gives details of the topics being assessed by the Entrance Assessment.

FAQs
These are answers to some of the questions you may have. If they do not cover all of your concerns, please contact your nearest PPTC Assessment Centre.

PPTC Assessment Centres
List of all schools that act as Assessment Centres.


Access Arrangements Policy
You should consult this policy if you are applying for Access Arrangements for your child.

Access Arrangements Form (AA1)
This should be completed if you are claiming Access Arrangements for your child (see Guidance Notes).

Access Arrangements Form (Medical Information) AA2
This should be completed by your child’s General Practitioner or Medical Consultant in support of a claim for Access Arrangements in relation to a medical condition.

Access Arrangements Form (Special Educational Needs) AA3
This should be completed by a suitably qualified person in support of a claim for Access Arrangements.

Sample Tests

Sample Familiarisation English Assessment Booklet
This is a sample of the English questions being used for the Entrance Assessment.

Sample Familiarisation English Answer Sheet
This is a sample answer sheet for the English Assessment being used for the Entrance Assessment.

Sample Familiarisation Maths Assessment Booklet
This is a sample of the Mathematics questions being used for the Entrance Assessment.

Sample Familiarisation Maths Answer Sheet
This is a sample answer sheet being used for the Entrance Assessment.

Sample Tests (Irish Language)

Sample Familiarisation Irish Assessment Booklet (Irish Version)
This is a sample of the English questions being used for the Entrance Assessment.

Sample Familiarisation Irish Answer Sheet (Irish Version)
This is a sample answer sheet for the English Assessment being used for the Entrance Assessment.

Sample Familiarisation Maths Assessment Booklet (Irish Version)
This is a sample of the Mathematics questions being used for the Entrance Assessment.

Sample Familiarisation Maths Answer Sheet (Irish Version)
This is a sample answer sheet being used for the Entrance Assessment.