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Northern Ireland Transfer Test

Introduction to AQE and PPTC Northern Ireland Transfer Tests

Northern Ireland Academic Selection

The Academic Selection Process in Northern Ireland has drastically changed over the past year.  Until November 2008, the 11 plus transfer test administered by the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment(CCEA) was the accepted method of transfer between primary and post primary schools.

Unhappy with the abolishment of the 11 plus exam, grammar schools have now commissioned their own entrance exams in English and Mathematics.  These schools fall into two groups, the Association for Quality Education (AQE) and The Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC).  While both tests are based on the Northern Ireland Key Stage 2 Revised Curriculum, they are very different in structure, style and format.

The aim of this website is to help you understand the differences between these new transfers tests, as well as provide you with the information to allow your child to fulfil their potential and secure a place at the school of their choice.  I will update this website with any information that I find that will help us to get our children the best mark they can.

Listed below are all the schools participating in either the AQE or PPTC Northern Ireland Transfer Tests.

Schools that are members of the AQE(Association for Quality Education)


Antrim Grammar
Ballyclare High School
Banbridge Academy
Bangor Grammar School
Belfast High School
Belfast Royal Academy
Bloomfield Collegiate, Belfast
Cambridge House, Ballymena
Campbell College, Belfast
Carrickfergus Grammar
Coleraine Academical Institution
Coleraine High School
Collegiate Grammar, Enniskillen
Dalriada School, Ballymoney
Down High School, Downpatrick
Friends School, Lisburn
Foyle and Londonderry College
Glenlola Collegiate, Bangor
Grosvenor Grammar School, Belfast
Hunterhouse College, Belfast
Larne Grammar School
Limavady Grammar School
Methodist College Belfast
Omagh Academy
Regent House School, Newtownards
Royal Belfast Academical Institution
Royal School Armagh
Royal School Dungannon
Strabane Grammar School
Strathearn School, Belfast
Sullivan Upper School, Holywood
Wallace High School, Lisburn
Wellington College, Belfast
Victoria College, Belfast

Schools that are members of the PPTC(Post Primary Transfer Consortium)
Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School (Newry)
Aquinas Grammar School (Belfast)
Assumption Grammar School (Ballynahinch)
Ballymena Academy (Ballymena)
Christian Brothers’ Grammar School (Omagh)
Dominican College (Belfast)
Dominican College (Portstewart)
Lagan College (Belfast)
Loreto College (Coleraine)
Loreto Grammar School (Omagh)
Lumen Christi College, (Derry)
Mount Lourdes Grammar School (Enniskillen)
Our Lady and St Patrick’s College (Belfast)
Our Lady’s Grammar School (Newry)
Portora Royal School (Enniskillen)
Rainey Endowed (Magherafelt)
Rathmore Grammar (Belfast)
Sacred Heart Grammar School (Newry)
Slemish Integrated College (Ballymena)
St Colman’s College (Newry)
St Columb’s College (Derry)
St Dominic’s High School (Belfast)
St Joseph’s Grammar (Donaghmore)
St Louis’ Grammar School (Ballymena)
St Louis’ Grammar School (Kilkeel)
St Malachy’s College (Belfast)
St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar School (Belfast)
St Mary’s Grammar School (Magherafelt)
St Michael’s Grammar School (Enniskillen)
St Patrick’s Grammar School (Armagh)
St Patrick’s Grammar School (Downpatrick)
St Patrick’s Academy (Dungannon)
Thornhill College (Derry)
Victoria College (Belfast)
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