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Every year many children, in Ballymena, in their last year of primary school sit a test called the transfer test. In Northern Ireland all school used to have an exam called the 11plus which was optional. After pupils sat their 11plus the results were used to help them apply to secondary schools. However since things have changed it is difficult to know what test is done for what school and so on. A useful guide is available at the Transfer Test website. Take a look below:
When the 11+ was abolished it was replaced by two different transfer tests. They are commonly known as the AQE and the GL.
Which test(s) your child sits depends on which grammar schools your child wants to apply to.
Some grammar schools accept either test but most use one or the other. Our Schools page lists all grammar schools and which test(s) they accept.
See the Key Dates page for a list of important transfer test related dates.
Pupils are encouraged to sit practice tests at home to help them prepare for the real test. Practice tests can be bought in packs and filled in by your child at home to help them know what to expect. Waterstones in the Fairhill in Ballymena sell transfer papers for the AQE and GL tests. Their staff are knowledgable and will help you to get exactly what you need.
To find out what test you need to do for each school click here to see a list which will help you know what to buy.
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