Detailed information About the GL Assessment Test

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GL Assessment Test

The Post-Primary Transfer Consortium Ltd.) is the consortium that has been formed to manage and administer the GL Assessment test. The test is also known as the GL Transfer Test or the PPTC test.

This page contains links to important documents including how to register for the GL assessment test, a list of participating GL Grammar Schools who use the GL Assessment Transfer Test, how the test is marked / scored and the arrangements for Special Circumstances / Provisions. 

How to register for the GL Assessment Test

Registration forms for the Autumn 2018 tests. 
The GL form for 2018-2019 is not available at this stage but looking at the 2017-2018 PPTC registration form will give you a good indication of what the 2018-2019 form may be like. Supplementary forms give a closing date for when the form must be returned. When the form becomes available you must complete this registration form if you wish your child to be registered to take the Entrance Assessment being used by the schools in the consortium as part of their admissions criteria for entry to Year 8 in 2019.

In 2017 the closing date for registering for the GL test was 2.00 pm on Friday 22nd September 2017. There is no charge to sit the GL Assessment test. The PPTC provide very good Guidance Notes on how to complete the GL Registration Form.

GL Consortium Schools

There are 34 schools offering the GL Assessment test and using it as part of the grammar school selection procedure of pupils into Year 8 (1st form), The links on the PPTC(NI) website schools page will take you to the website of the relevant school where you will find more information about the test procedures and any additional detail or advice provided by each school.

Emergency Access Arrangements

Access Arrangements
Access Arrangements are approved by the Assessment Centre before or at the time of the assessment and are intended to allow your child to demonstrate their full potential. Examples of Access Arrangements would be provision of an enlarged paper for a child with a visual impairment or the granting of extra time to a child with particular physical or learning needs.
(Access arrangements are not the same as Special Circumstances.)

If you think your child may be eligible you should  read the details in the following documents.

Access Arrangements

Access Arrangements Form AA1

Access Arrangements Form (Medical Information) AA2

Access Arrangements Form (Special Educational Needs) AA3

The Assessment Procedure

On the day of the tests
The GL assessments begin at 10 a.m. The first paper, assessing English lasts 50 minutes and the second paper, testing Mathematics lasts 45 minutes. There is a short practice session before each paper and between the papers. This is to allow the children to have time for a snack and a toilet break. There is a Supplementary Entrance Assessment on Saturday 9 th December 2017.

GL Assessments Marking and Results

Marks and results
The tests are marked by GL Assessment - an English based company known also as Granada Learning. This company is known for their rigour and high quality.  As the tests are multiple-choice they will probably be marked by a computer linked optical reader. 
Marks are given as A, B1, B2, C1, C2 or D. The tests are marked and take into consideration your child's Standardised Age Score achieved in both the English and Mathematics assessment papers. Standardised Age Scores have a scale running from 69 to 141 with 100 as the mean. PPTC provide the answer to many queries in the FAQ section of their website.

Results are received by parents on Saturday 27th January 2018 and the results are posted to the home address used during the registration process. If your address has changed you must inform the PPTC Office of your new address. 


Special Circumstances and Provisions

Special circumstances
Special Circumstances/Provisions are considered during the admissions process by the Board of Governors of each school to which you have applied for your child to attend. Special circumstances may be given to ensure that a child who suffered with a temporary illness, injury or other problem, at the time the assessment. This issue may have affected their score and special circumstances may be applied to give some recognition of the difficulty he/she faced. 
There are forms to be completed and strict dealines to be met. You should read, in detail, the folowing forms contained in the PPTC Special Circumstances Pack. 

Claiming Special Circumstances – A Guide for parents and guardians
Information for parents and guardians who consider that their child may have had their GL Entrance Assessment score affected by a medical or other problem at the time of the test. 

SCR (Special Circumstances Registration Form)
Complete this form to register a claim for Special Circumstances and return to the Assessment Centre by 2:00pm Friday 15th December 2017.

SC1 (Special Circumstances Claim Form)
This is the form which should be completed and attached to the Transfer Form, along with supporting evidence, in order to proceed with a claim for Special Circumstances, after taking account of the Entrance Assessment outcomes

Important Dates for the GL Assessment tests

Pupils sit Entrance Assessment on Saturday 18th November 2017 (English and maths test on same day.)

Supplementary Entrance Assessment on Saturday 9 th December 2017.

Results on Saturday 27th January 2018

There are other important dates relating to deadlines for requests for a re-mark or special circumstances and you will find those here.


PPTC offer Free Sample GL Assessment Paper questions on their website.  You can always purchase GL practice tests and English or maths preparation papers from our shop.


Detailed information about all aspects of the GL assessments is available at



** This information is provided for guidance only and while the content is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate we cannot be held in any way responsible for any errors or omissions that it may contain. Please contact your  examining board or chosen grammar school for all admission and registration details for the Transfer Test. **