This is the question that everyone is asking. It looked like at one stage that the elevenplus exam in Northern Ireland was finished and as a selection test set by the Department of Education it has finished.
The grammar school lobby in Northern Ireland is a very strong body and they now run their own 11+ exam, or should I say exams, and it is known locally as the Transfer Test or the Northern Ireland transfer test.
There are two exam bodies – one known as AQE (Association of Quality Education), this group sets papers that are known as the AQE papers and the other group called the PPTC (Post Primary Transfer Consortium) sets papers known as GL papers. So each group sets its own 11+ transfer test and since the test is relatively new to the area the availability of free AQE test papers and free GL papers is very limited.
Many Local Education Authorities in England use some combination of Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English, Mathematics and Science questions. The format of the examination set by each Local Education Authority can vary in the type of question, the number of questions set and the method of answering multiple-choice versus traditional answers.
For many years the 11 plus examinations (also known as the Transfer Test) in Northern Ireland consisted of Verbal Reasoning papers but in recent years the examination has been based on English and Mathematics – this is further complicated by the fact that one exam body uses standard format papers while the other uses multiple-choice papers.
These transfer tests are not compulsory and In September of the child's primary seven year parents are given the choice as to whether their child should sit the 11 plus or not, taking the examination is not compulsory.
Some children end up sitting 5 exam papers during the tests which are taken on Saturdays, usually in November/December, in various grammar schools and not in the primary school.
The questions in both exams will be quite demanding and primary schools are discouraged from preparing their pupils for these Transfer Tests but parents wanting to prepare their children for theses transfer tests need practice material but whether it is of free AQE test papers and free GL papers or paid for material there is a shortage of good quality material on the market.
If you are searching for of Free AQE Test Papers and free GL papers the Belfast Telegraph have, in the past, given free material with their newspaper. A series of 5 or 6 free papers is useful but probably not enough content for a full blown preparation plan.
Some local publishing houses offer free samples on their websites. One such company is Learning Together who offer free 11+ samples for both exam bodies. Another potential source is the internet. Online elevenplus exams practice is becoming more common and many of these sites may offer free 11+ sample questions.
Just google Online elevenplus exams , see what you find and follow the links. If you do find any suitable material please let others know.