NI children receive transfer test results

Marking exam About 14,000 results are being sent to Royal Mail for delivery on Saturday.

Thousands of children in Northern Ireland are due to receive transfer test results later.

About 14,000 results are being sent to Royal Mail for delivery on Saturday.

The AQE and GL assessment tests were brought in by secondary schools after the 11+ transfer test was withdrawn by the Department of Education.

The education minister Caitriona Ruane said that children were "terrified" waiting for results.

She has criticised the schools which continue to use academic selection despite the end of the official eleven plus.

The AQE test is used mainly by non-denominational grammar schools while the GL assessments are used mostly by Catholic-maintained grammar schools.

The tests are marked in different ways and the results are also presented in two different formats.

In the AQE exam, the score will be the best two out of three.


While grades will not be given, pupils will know how they ranked in relation to other children.

The letters detailing the GL results will contain a raw score and a guide explaining what the grade equates to.

Both exam organisers say they are pleased with the way the tests and the marking has gone.

It is possible to have papers remarked but few changes were made after appeals last year.

Mrs Ruane said that guidance had been prepared for schools which shows how children can transfer to secondary school without the use of tests.

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