Step 1 PPTC transfer test practice papers


The Post-Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC) is a consortium of NI schools who currently employ a company called GL-assessment to develop, set and mark their schools' transfer test.

The PPTC test is often referred to as the "GL test" for this reason.


The PPTC test takes the form of two multiple choice tests, which are sat on the same Saturday in November.

The PPTC English test is 50 minutes and their Maths test lasts 45 minutes.

Our step 1 practice papers are designed as a gentle introduction to the style of the assessment, and should only take your child about 25 minutes to complete.

These contain some of the more accessible styles of questions on the syllabus and will help build confidence at a time when the primary schools are still working through their curriculum.

We recommend taking a child-centered approach to this by completing one step 1 paper per week to establish a routine and allow confidence to grow.

This typically starts in January or February of P.6 and should take about 13 weeks to get through the 10 papers - leaving a few weeks off as rewards, or for visiting Granny.

Finally, our step 1 papers become more challenging as you work through the series - so paper 3 is more challenging that paper 2 and so on. This ensures that skills build alongside confidence.

Note: Ballymena Academy no longer accepts the PPTC test for P.7 transfer.  

Note: Schools on the list marked ** also accept the AQE test result

The schools that currently accept the PPTC (GL) test are;


Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School (Newry)
Antrim Grammar School **
Aquinas Grammar School (Belfast)
Assumption Grammar School (Ballynahinch)
Campbell College **
Christian Brothers’ Grammar School (Omagh)
Dominican College (Belfast)
Dominican College (Portstewart)
Hunterhouse College **
Lagan College (Belfast) **
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)
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 Academy (Dungannon)
St Patrick’s Grammar School (Downpatrick)
Thornhill College (Derry) 
Victoria College  (Belfast)  **
Wellington College **

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  1. PPTC (GL) Step1 Papers - 2017 Edition Paper copies

    PPTC (GL) Step1 Papers - 2017 Edition Paper copies


    Paper copy - Our Step1 PPTC (GL) style question papers are a great way to prepare your child for the Northern Ireland Transfer Test. These Step1 papers will accurately test the more basic content of the PPTC syllabus while familiarising your child to the style and structure of the PPTC test. Each 25 minute test has a mix of both Maths and English content so that your child can start their exam preparation in bite-size chunks.

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