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Catholic schools group to hold more entrance exams

Transfer arrangements vary from place to place
Some schools are running entrance exams

One of the grammar school groups which ran unregulated entrance exams last year has announced it will begin the whole process again in two weeks time.

The Post Primary Transfer consortium which mostly represents Catholic schools will take applications from the 24 May until 17 September.

The tests will be similar to last year's multiple choice.

Non-denominational grammar schools of the Association for Quality Education are expected to offer their own exams.

Efforts to agree on a single test for the two groups failed, but talks are continuing to see if a unified test can be commissioned in the future.

The 11-plus transfer test ended in 2008 after Education Minister Caitriona Ruane introduced regulation abolishing academic selection.

However, there has been no agreement on future transfer arrangements.

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