11 Plus in Northern Ireland

The 11 Plus was officially discontinued in Northern Ireland, but has re-emerged as a different selective process. The 11 Plus has had a roller-coaster history in Northern Ireland. After being officially ended by the authorities, parents and grammar schools alike decried the new "one-size fits all" admissions system and called for its reinstatement. Now there are two Consortia of schools in Northern Ireland, each with their own brand of 11 Plus: the Association for Quality Education (AQE), and the Post Primary Tranfer Consortium (PPTC).

The PPTC Test

  • Registration Deadline:Friday 26th September
  • Test date: 15th November
  • Content: Maths (45 min) and English (50 min), both multiple choice
  • Results: 30th January
  • Allocation: May/ June

The AQE Test

  • Registration Deadline: 12th September
  • Registration fee: £44
  • Can sit test in Irish
  • Test dates: there are three separate tests, on the 8th, 22nd and 29th.
  • Content: Each test paper is an hour long, and contains both English and Maths sections
  • Marking scheme: each paper is marked by 3 examiners. A pupil's final score is derived from the mean of the scores on their best two papers (hence why the late deadline, after the first exam). Pupils can take only two tests if they wish.
  • Results published : 31st January
  • Allocation in May/June

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