SEAG Exam to Become a new Implementation

A new exam body has revealed more details about the first set of papers in the common transfer test. The Schools Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG) said the test would be made up of two pieces – one on English and one on Maths.

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Both papers will last one hour and be sat by pupils in P7 in November 2023.

To pass the test, pupils must score on each paper.

The SEAG comprises almost 60 schools that have backed the new transfer system.

It is the biggest change to the post-primary transfer system since 2008 when the state-run 11-plus tests ended after around 60 years.

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More details about the common test:

The SEAG has revealed that the common transfer test will consist of two papers – one on English and one on Maths. Both documents will last one hour and be sat by pupils in P7 in November 2023. To pass the test, pupils must score on each paper.

Through this test, the schools hope to create a more level playing field for all pupils transferring to post-primary education. It is hoped that this will lead to increased opportunities and better outcomes for all pupils, regardless of their social or economic background.

The common transfer test is the biggest change to the post-primary transfer system since 2008 when the state-run 11-plus trial ended after around 60 years. This new system will cause controversy and debate in its implementation. Only time will tell if it is successful in achieving its aims.

According to the BBC, the common test will replace the current separate tests run by AQE and PPTC, due to be held for the last time in November and December 2022. This means pupils will sit the first set of papers in the common transfer test in P7 in November 2023.

The common transfer test is a significant change to the post-primary transfer system in Northern Ireland. Only time will tell if it is successful in achieving its aims.

What do you think of the common transfer test? Do you think it is a good idea? Let us know in the comments below.

If you are a parent or pupil due to take the test, we wish you the best of luck!

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