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Details of transfer test emerge

By Maggie Taggart
BBC Northern Ireland education correspondent

Maths question from sample paper

A second group of grammar schools is to release sample questions from its transfer test for primary seven pupils.

The papers and registration documents are due to be released next Monday.

The Post-Primary Transfer Consortium is made up of 28 Catholic, four non-denominational and two integrated schools.

They will run multiple choice tests in English and Maths on 21 November, as well as a supplementary test on 12 December.

An English company has been commissioned to create the sample test to tie in with the primary school curriculum.

The exam includes Maths questions on identifying vertical and horizontal lines on a grid and asking which of five possible containers will hold five litres.

The English test features long passages for comprehension tests, as well as sentences which have to be analysed for spelling and punctuation.

Registration forms

Parents will be able to collect packs or download the forms from grammar school websites on Monday, but the forms do not have to be returned until 18 September.

The registration forms will need a photograph of the child and parents will have to sign a declaration that the information given is accurate.

They will have to agree that if any incorrect information is given, a place in the grammar school could be forfeited.

The registration pack will have information about allowances to be made for disabilities and how parents can claim special circumstances if the child has a temporary injury or indisposition.



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