Step 3 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 Step3 papers are full content practice papers closely based on the actual PPTC tests which take your child 45 minutes and 40 minutes to complete (English & Maths respectively) while they complete their stepped preperation for the real thing.

Our tests are created to closely simulate the actual exam, and your child will get the opportunity to practice filling in the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheets.

If you have completed our PPTC(GL) Steps1&2, and are planning to sit both tests in November, then our PPTC(GL) Step3 would be an excellent way to complete your preparation for the PPTC(GL) test.

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) Step3 Papers - 2017 Edition Paper Copy

    PPTC (GL) Step3 Papers - 2017 Edition Paper Copy


    Paper copy - Our Step3 PPTC (GL) style question papers will complete your child's preparation for the Northern Ireland Transfer Test. These Step3 papers will accurately test the full content of the PPTC syllabus while familiarising your child to the style and structure of the PPTC test.

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