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PPTC Entrance Exam Statement

10th May 2021

PPTC have issued the following Statement in relation to this years planned Transfer Assessment:

Planning for the 2021-22 Entrance Assessment

7 of the Key Decisions

  • The PPTC Entrance Assessment will be held on Saturday 13th November 2021.
  • The Assessment will be based on English and Mathematics with Gaeilge versions available as in all past years.
  • Both the English and the Mathematics papers will be significantly modified to take account of the disruption to formal education experienced by pupils and the desire of parents and teachers that the Assessment be held in November rather than later in the school year.
  • The Entrance Assessment will be held in PPTC Centres - to ensure that all pupils have the same experience, with all appropriate Covid safeguards in place.
  • The Entrance Assessment registration period will open on Tuesday 1st June 2021
  • As far as possible, pupils from the same primary school class bubbles will be registered to sit the Assessment in the same PPTC Centre.
  • Specification guides will be available in the week beginning 17th May 2021. For English these will set out specific steps that have been taken to reduce the overall demand of the Assessment - for example by reducing the number of comprehension passages from 3 to 2. For Mathematics the specification will show that the overall demand of the Assessment has also been reduced – for example, by limiting the number of topic areas which will be assessed.

Further details are published on the PPTC website and we have included a copy of the full statement and the frequently asked questions document for your information.

There is no update on the AQE but they hope to issue a statement by 14th May 2021. Please continue to check these websites for any further updates.