AQE and GL Transfer Test Results 2016 from the Belfast Telegraph

AQE and GL Assessment Transfer Test Results 2016

Compare the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015 and 2016 Northern Ireland Transfer Test results

Thanks to the Belfast Telegraph for publishing these test results on Friday 27th January 2017. Please click on the images to get a clearer view of the results.

AQE Transfer Test Results 2011- 2016

Belfast area

AQE Transfer Test results Belfast 2016

South East area

AQE Transfer Test results South Eastern 2016

North East area

AQE Transfer Test results  North East 2016

Western area

AQE results Western 2016

GL Assessment Transfer Test Results 2011 – 2016

GL Assessment results  2016GL Assessment results 2016 2GL Assessment results 2016 4GL Assessment 2016

A number of schools took results from both the AQE and the GL tests.  They are listed below.

GL and AQE results 2016

If your child needs help preparing for the AQE or GL Assessment Transfer tests, we can help.  Call 9267 5071 to find out more or visit our website at

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Transfer Test Northern Ireland. What should my child know by now?

transfer test 2017If your child is in Primary 6 and you are considering whether or not they should sit the Transfer Test exams in November 2017, you may be asking the questions – Is my child able enough to get a good score in the test and what should they know by now to give them a good grounding for starting Transfer Test preparation?  Below is a brief summary of the curriculum contained in the current AQE and GL tests.

The Transfer Test is a difficult test as the children have to fit in a lot of learning to sit a test at the beginning of Primary 7.  Much of the content has to be crammed into Primary 6 and if your child has not grasped the basics of maths and English prior to starting preparation they can struggle to take on the more difficult questions which require them to apply their knowledge.


Your child will need a solid grasp of: times tables and division facts 0 to 12; place value of numbers up to 1,000000; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division operations; the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages; patterns and sequences in number; converting between units of measure; recognising and classifying 2D and 3D shapes; position, movement and direction; identifying angles; interpreting graphs; statistics (mean and range) and probability.

Problem solving  skills are vital for achieving success in the Transfer Test. Once they have covered the curriculum they then need to transfer their knowledge and skills into solving more complex problem questions.


Read, read, read!  If your child enjoys reading for pleasure it will increase their vocabulary, improve their spelling and allow them to develop the inference skills needed for the test.  If you can get your child to read a wide variety of books it will stand them in good stead.  Try and encourage them to read some classic novels as well as more modern material.  The examiners rarely use modern texts and usually stick to tried and tested passages from classics which contain vocabulary that your child may be unfamiliar with.

Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.  Make sure your child can identify these in a piece of writing.  They are a key literacy element of the test.

Homophones – these are used frequently to test your child’s spelling.  At this stage they should be confident in spelling frequently used homophones such as there, their, they’re; where, wear, were; too, too, two and here and hear.

Grammar, punctuation and spelling.  Do they know where to add apostrophes?  Can they punctuate a piece of writing using capitals, full stops, commas, question marks, explanation marks and speech marks?  They need to eliminate their own bad habits and also be able to recognise mistakes in spelling, punctuation and grammar and edit them accordingly.

Also required is an understanding of synonyms, antonyms, placing words in alphabetical order and rhyming sounds in poetry.

Your child must be confident skimming and scanning comprehension questions and texts. They need to be trained not just in the content of the curriculum but in exam techniques as well.

 Learning time

Allowing lots of time for learning the curriculum is crucial as there are many new concepts which need to be introduced and your child needs time to digest these and fully understand them without any stress.

Allow time to build in revision of concepts to consolidate understanding as well as giving your child the opportunity to be introduced to past paper questions.  This helps build confidence by building on success and learning from mistakes.

The aim is to maintain a steady pace of progress which peaks as the first test approaches around the first week of November 2017.  Do not expect your child to be achieving high percentages in past papers when they start to practise them in school, usually after Easter in P6.  It takes time to build confidence in exam techniques and at this stage they may not know the full Transfer Test curriculum.

At On Target Tuition we have a lot of experience guiding children and supporting parents successfully through this process.   We begin with an assessment from which we can pinpoint areas of weakness and tailor a programme of study designed to help them achieve their own personal targets as they move towards the test.  Our lessons are 80 minutes long, which allows us to work on both English and Maths as well as past papers.   Our tuition involves extensive past paper practice in both the AQE and GL Assessment papers, which is vital to improve exam technique.

For more information or advice please call us at our Lisburn centre on 9267 5071.

By Clare Rimmer

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Maths and English tuition Summer School – Lisburn

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Stay on top of the summer brain drain!

Summer tuition can be helpful for children who:

 missed out on learning due to illness.

struggled to learn topics during term time.

lack confidence in Maths and English.

are sitting exams in the coming school year.

want to keep learning over the summer holidays and who want to extend their learning.

are preparing for the Transfer Test and Year 8.

Monday 18th July – Friday 19th August
Book early for a great lesson deal!

 Book and pay before the end of June 2016 and you can get 5 lessons for the price of 4.  That is 5 lessons for £112 and a saving of £28 on our usual lesson fee!  *This deal applies to summer school booking only.

 Book after the end of June and the cost of each individual lesson is £28, or £140 for 5.

Why is it important to keep minds active over the summer holidays?

Northern Ireland has the longest school summer holidays in the U.K.  Eight long weeks to find alternative ways to entertain and stimulate their minds! But should we be catering for more than just their social life over the summer months? Children can lose on average two month’s worth of knowledge over the summer if their brains are not actively engaged in educational activities.

On Target Tuition in Lisburn can offer you the perfect solution to this problem.  Our summer school runs for 5 weeks of the summer holidays.  Your child can attend one or more 80 minute teaching session per week and complete a small amount of homework.  After an initial assessment we can pin-point any areas of weakness that need to be targeted and put together a programme of work designed to focus on these areas and prepare them for the coming school year.  This small amount of effort can make a huge difference and mean that your child is ready to learn in the new school year instead of having to spend the first month relearning skills and wasting valuable time.

We can target:

Transfer Test preparation
GCSE Maths and English
Dyslexia support
Primary and Secondary English
Maths, Reading and Spelling.

Monday 18th July – Friday 19th August

 Sessions run Monday to Friday

9.30am – 10.50am
11.00am – 12.20pm
1.00pm – 2.20pm

Call us on 9267 5071 to find out more or visit our website to fill in our contact form.

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AQE and GL Transfer Test Results 2015 from the Belfast Telegraph

AQE and GL Assessment Transfer Test Results 2015

For the 2016 results please go to our Transfer Test 2016 results blog.

Compare the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Northern Ireland Transfer Test results

Thanks to the Belfast Telegraph for publishing these test results on Monday 25th January 2016. Please click on the images to get a clearer view of the results.

AQE Transfer Test Results 2011- 2015

Belfast area

AQE Transfer test results belfast 2015

South East area

AQE Transfer Test results South Eastern 2015

North East area

AQE Transfer test results North East 2015

Western area

AQE TRansfer Test Western 2015

GL Assessment Transfer Test Results 2011 – 2015

GL Transfer test results 2015

GL assesment results 2015

GL Assessment banding results

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GL banding results 2015

A number of schools took results from both the AQE and the GL tests. Others used a banding system.  They are listed below.

GL AQE results 2015

If your child needs help preparing for the AQE or GL Assessment Transfer tests, we can help.  Call 9267 5071 to find out more or visit our website at

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Beat the Transfer Test nerves

How to support your child in the build up to the Transfer Test.

Transfer test 2015


After months of preparation, the Northern Ireland Transfer test exams are almost upon us. How can you ensure that your child is calm, cool and collected on the day. Here are a few tips to make sure they can perform to the best of their abilities.

The hard work has been done! How can we make sure the actual exam is stress free?

The week before the test

  • Try to make sure your child eats healthily in the run up to the test. Don’t be tempted to give them too many sugary, fatty treats to make them feel better. The body needs lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, oily fish, and plenty of water. Dehydration shrinks the brain!!
  • Make sure your child is getting lots of sleep by going to bed at a reasonable hour. Try and keep any extra after school activities to a minimum in the week before the test. You don’t want them to be over tried.
  • Make sure that your child knows when the test starts and finishes.
  • Go shopping for some new HB pencils and a quality rubber.

The Day of the Test

  • Leave time for the journey to the test venue. Check the traffic reports before you set out.
  • Make sure that your child has a good healthy breakfast. Consider giving them a healthy snack on the way to the test such as a banana. This will keep their blood sugar up, which will help with their concentration.
  • Remind your child is keep an eye on the time. The invigilators should alert your child every 15 minutes but your child must take responsibility for timing the test as well.
  • Don’t forget essentials such as glasses or an inhaler. Give them some tissues just in case.
  • Prepare your child for the fact that some children may cry. Help them understand that they must focus on themselves and not the emotions of others.
  • Talk about the distractions they may face in the exam room and how to ignore them and get on with their work.

After the test is over

  • Give them a big hug and reassure them that it doesn’t matter what the result is, they have done their best and you are extremely proud of them!
  • Spend the rest of the day engaged in a relaxing and fun activity of your child’s choice to help them take their mind off what may have been a stressful experience.
  • Ask your child how they felt the exam went. Try to find out if anything significant went wrong for them. This information could be important if you have to appeal.

For more information on how we can help your child prepare for the Transfer Test please visit our website.


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Getting the most out of a school open day

Choosing a Secondary or Grammar School

Making the right choice for my child.

  • Make a list – Decide with your child which schools you are interested in going to see and write down the dates of the open days in your diary.  You can usually find them advertised in publications such as ni4kids, Primary Times, The Irish Times and The Belfast Telegraph.  Many schools also publicise their open days on their own websites.  My advice would be to visit as many as possible.

Lisburn School open days 2017

  • Discuss with your child what their main priorities would be in choosing a school and ask them to think about these when they visit each one.  It may even be a good idea to have a check list of questions to ask when you are touring the schools.  That way you can make sure you have all the relevant information and it will be easier to compare them.
  • If your child has a particular interest in sport or music it is important to find out what sort of emphasis the school puts on these activites.
  • Talk to as many of the teachers and pupils as you can.  Soak up the atmosphere.  Do you feel welcomed?  Are the staff and pupils friendly?
  • Find out what the admissions criteria are.  Does your child fit easily into some or, preferably, most of these criteria?  If not then you may have to reconsider the order of your choices.
  • What subjects are available for GCSE and A level?  Does the school do well in the league tables?
  • How will your child get to school? If your child will have to catch a bus to get to school you may have to factor in this extra cost and how it will affect family life.
  • When you have decided which schools are most suitable for your child, you can then put these into your preferred order.
  • If your child is required to sit the Transfer Test to be considered for entry to a grammar school then you also need to consider their results before making a final decision. Looking at the scores the school has accepted in previous years will give you a guideline as to how your child’s result might perform but remember that intake varies year on year. Read our AQE 2014 results blog to see results from 2011-2014. Read our GL Assessment 2014 results blog to see results from 2011-2014.  The 2015 test intake has not been published yet.  We will add it to our blog as soon as the figures become available.  The previous years intake are published in the Belfast Telegraph every January and this is where we get the data from.





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AQE Transfer Test results 2014 from The Belfast Telegraph

AQE Transfer Test Results 2014


For the 2016 results please go to our Transfer Test 2016 results blog.

Compare the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Northern Ireland Transfer Test results

Thanks to the Belfast Telegraph for publishing these test results on Tuesday 6th January 2015.   For a breakdown of the GL Assessment results for 2014 please visit our GL Assessment  Transfer Test results 2014 blog.

Belfast Area

AQE transfer test results Belfast area 2014South Eastern Area

AQE South eastern area 2014

North Eastern Area

AQE Transfer test results North eastern 2014Western Area

AQE Transfer test results  Western 20145 schools accepted results from both tests. They worked from a cohort percentile range combining the AQE & GL scores.

AQE and GL Transfer test results2014If your child needs help to prepare for the Transfer Test please visit our website to find out how we can help.

Read our blog on when to start preparing for the transfer test.

By Clare Rimmer

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GL Assessment Transfer Test Results 2014 from The Belfast Telegraph

GL Assessment Transfer Test Results


For the 2016 results please go to our Transfer Test 2016 results blog.

Compare the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Northern Ireland Transfer Test results

Thanks to the Belfast Telegraph for publishing these test results.  For a breakdown of the AQE results for 2013 please visit our AQE  Transfer Test results 2014 blog.

Grade boundaries:
A (234+) B1 (229-233) B2 (224-228) c1 (219-223) C2 (213-218) D1 (138-212)

Belfast and Southern areas

GL Transfer test results Belfast and southern 2014North East and Western areas

GL transfer test results north east and western 2014Some of the GL Assessment schools used a grade boundary system  and disclosed how many of each boundary they admitted in 2014. These results make it clear the numbers of children of varying abilities that were admitted in 2014.

Grade boundaries:
A (234+) B1 (229-233) B2 (224-228) c1 (219-223) C2 (213-218) D1 (138-212)

GL grade boundaries 2014GL grade boundaries 2 20145 schools accepted results from both tests. They worked from a cohort percentile range combining the AQE & GL scores.

AQE and GL Transfer test results2014If your child needs help to prepare for the Transfer Test please visit our website to find out how we can help.

Read our blog on when to start preparing for the transfer test.

By Clare Rimmer


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Why is teaching maths problem solving so important?

Teaching maths problem solving at On Target Tuition Lisburn

What is the point of maths? That is the question I was asked by my 8 year old as we were going over her times table facts .

In fact this is a question that I have heard many times throughout my teaching career.  Times tables, algebra, fractions, percentages, decimals, trigonometry!  The endless rote learning of multiplication facts, pages of equations and long multiplication has to have a use in the real world, doesn’t it?

The answer is that maths helps us solve problems in the real world.  Maths is everywhere! The bills we pay, the money we use, the shopping choices we make, the measurements we take all need calculations and require us to use our maths brains.

Without the teaching of problem solving there is no point to maths!  It is easy as an educator to focus on the rote learning of basic mathematical facts.  Of course, it is vital that children learn their tables and know how to do quick mental calculations but it is equally important that children learn to use these facts and calculations to help them solve problems as this is ultimately why we teach maths in the first place. Without the ability to apply maths to problems, children will also struggle to achieve good grades at Transfer test and GCSE level.

Problem solving is a skill that needs to be taught.

At On Target Tuition problem solving is an integral part of our maths tuition programmes. Here are our top tips for getting your child to tackle problems head on.

  1. Read the question once and try to visualise what is being asked. What sort of sum is needed to solve the problem? Will the answer be bigger (adding or multiplying) or smaller (subtracting or dividing) than what you are starting with? Are there groups or sets of things (multiply) or does the question involve sharing or splitting numbers or objects into groups (dividing)?
  2. Read the question again and get your highlighter pen out. Underline or highlight key words and numbers.
  3. If it helps draw a picture or diagram that helps you to visualise what the problem is asking.
  4. Decide if the question requires more than one step or calculation to come to a final answer.
  5. Finally, make sure you re-read the question once more when you have your answer. Think about if your answer is sensible! Go back to step one and think about what sort of sum you need and check any working out you have done.

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Get Your Child Ready for Year 8

Is your child ready for Year 8?

The transition from Primary to Secondary school is one of the important milestones in every child’s life.  It can often be a daunting time for children as they move from the safe, sheltered environment of the Primary classroom with one teacher to the much busier world of secondary education with multiple teachers, classrooms and homework to try to keep on top of.  It is all too easy to let your child take a holiday from all things education for the whole summer.  However, remember that the last few months of Primary 7 are often filled with less academic activities and it is especially important that the summer brain drain does not mean your child falls behind at the beginning of their first year.

So what can you do over the summer months to make sure your child is ready and able to cope with the realities of being a “Firsty”?

Keep them reading!

Sit down with your child and create a summer reading list.  Give them a target of perhaps 3 or 4 books per month and let them select the books that interest them.

Summer Reading List:

The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke – A magical adventure which blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction when an evil ruler escapes the pages of a book and enters the world of a young girl called Meggie.

Ratburger by David Walliams – One of Britain’s favourite comedians returns with another hilarious romp.  The story of a little girl called Zoe whose stepmother treats her like a slave and whose pet rat is in danger of being turned into a burger by the evil Burt from Burt’s Burgers.

His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman – This award winning trilogy has turned into a classic which adults will enjoy just as much as the teenagers.  The story of Lyra and her Demon is set in two parallel universes and takes the reader on a fantastical quest to save children from a terrible fate.

The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl the criminal mastermind who is still only a boy. Can he be stopped from stealing from the fairies?  This bold and daring thief takes on more than he bargained when he captures a leprechaun.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B White – This timeless classic should be on everyone’s reading list.   A beautiful spider helps to save Wilbur the pig from his fate.

Alex Rider Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz – Follow the adventures of orphan Alex Rider as he finds himself recruited by MI6 to train as a super spy.  This book will keep even the most reluctant of readers turning the page!

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo – This book is essential reading for children and adults alike.  The themes of childhood, growing up too young, friendship, courage and war make thought provoking reading in this heart breaking story of brothers thrust into the horror of the trenches.

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien – This tale of Hobbits, elves, trolls, goblins and wizards is still as addictive today as it was when it was first published.  The world of Middle Earth and the magical adventures of Bilbo Baggins and his friends is a masterpiece in children’s fiction and a must read for all pre-teens.

Anne Frank:  A Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank – The remarkable, true account of a young girl caught up in the horrors of World War 2.  A Jewish family forced into hiding in Nazi occupied Amsterdam – Anne’s diary chronicles her own experience of the transformation from childhood to adolescence and the terror of the persecution of the Jews.


Another great way to keep brains ticking over and make sure that their communication skills are not restricted to texting is to have them write a blog about their summer holidays. Try setting one up on a simple site like WordPress, Tumblr or Blogger.  If you are uncomfortable with your child’s blogging efforts being available to the public you can make the blog private and send a link to friends and family so they can comment on their work.  Blogging is a fantastic way to ensure your child continues to practise their writing skills and the novelty of self- publishing is often much more appealing than asking them to put pen to paper.

Practice mental skills

On average children lose as much as 3 months’ worth of knowledge during summer holidays!  At this crucial transition stage it is vital to consolidate the skills learned in the Primary school, to give your child the best possible starting point in their first year at secondary.   Fast and reliable mental maths is the key to success!  Try making a game of arithmetic – Let your child take control of the weekly shopping.  Give them a budget and a list of what is needed.  Can they make sure it will all add up once they get to the till?  Cooking is a chance to revise fractions and measure.  Every day experiences can be fun and interesting, while giving children opportunities to go over the skills they need.

What about on holiday?

Pack some suitable books that they will enjoy reading in a quiet moment, some books of puzzles, word games and logic problems. There are lots available in the shops.  Even simple crosswords and Sudoku’s can make a big difference and help your child develop fast, accurate thinking skills.

By Clare Rimmer



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