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Information & Help with the Northern Ireland Transfer Test

Preparing your child

Prepare your child for the Northern Ireland Transfer Test

Preparing your child

You may not know the best way to prepare your child for the assessments so we have provided a suggested timetable for preparation which is available to download as a pdf. You can use this suggested preparation timetable yourself with your child or give it to a tutor to follow.

You might also want to consider speaking to your child's school teacher and ask what topics they have yet to cover in class and/or if there are any topics your child might need to concentrate on.

Revision Booklets

Some parents may think that constant and frequent testing is the best way to prepare a child for the Transfer Test. But think about it: if you yourself were preparing for an examination on Quantum Physics, would constant and frequent testing beforehand help you? Or would it just be a constant exercise in showing you all the things you don’t know about it? You would want to know information about quantum physics first before being tested on your knowledge and retention of that information. This is why is it important to give you child training and practice on the topics of the transfer tests. That is where the Revision Booklets come in. These booklets allow the topics to be learned in a gradual and easy way.

*If you wish to begin the tests early with your child, a more helpful way to use the tests would be to use them twice: the first time early in the academic year, then again much later in the year to show the child how much their score has improved after they have used the Topics Preparation Revision Booklets. The improvement in scores can be encouraging to your child as they see their progress and can feel more confident.

Star Charts

Children respond very well to encouragement! If you offer a reward for completing tasks, and perhaps even bonus rewards for doing well in the tasks, they will be much more keen to do the work set for them. If you haven’t already thought of a reward system, then download the Star Chart. Discuss a suitable reward for achieving their targets on the star charts. You may decide on a modest financial reward, a little gift, or an experience, such as an enjoyable activity (cinema / mini golf etc). The Star Chart is available to download on the left of this page.

Child Guidelines to Star Charts

Discuss with your child how to earn stars for their chart. This means they can take control of earning stars and remind you when they have achieved them, thereby taking the work out of your hands!

DO NOT WORRY IF YOU HAVE STARTED THE PROGRAM OUTLINED ON THE TIMETABLE LATER THAN ADVISED; YOUR CHILD WILL HAVE COVERED MANY OF THE TOPICS IN SCHOOL AND SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEMS CATCHING UP.

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