GL Multiple Choice Practice Papers
It is so important that your child gets to practice for the GL Transfer Test using practice papers! This is because of the format of these tests. They are multiple choice tests and so exam technique is one of the essential keys to success in the GL test.
Unfortunately GL Assessment do not publish past papers of the Northern Ireland Transfer Test. We can only rely on their familiarisation booklets for both maths and English to help us understand the style of the questioning and the feel of this test. Children need to get used to selecting the correct answer from 5 or 4 choices. They also need to practise recording their answers on the GL answer sheet.
Children should be introduced to this style of questioning early on in their Transfer Test studies so they do not feel overwhelmed by this new format on the day of the test. Our advice is to introduce GL Practice Papers gradually. They do not need to sit a full test straight away. In the English test you could focus on one English text or grammar, spelling and punctuation section in a revision session. Make sure you record any mistakes they make and go over these topics before completing another part of the test.
The GL Maths paper has 45 questions to be completed in 45 minutes. The GL English paper has 60 questions to be completed in 50 minutes. That is less than a minute to read and answer each question in the English paper as well as reading the comprehension texts. This is something children need to get used to and practise regularly until they are confident.
Buy GL Practice Papers
On Target Tuition have been preparing children for the GL Transfer Test for 12 years. One of the problems we have found with this test was a lack of practice material for multiple choice style testing. We have found that children need specific practice in maths at choosing from a set of similar answers. We have found that the GL English texts tend to be from traditional texts and that they are often over one page in length. Children need to practise using longer texts in order to be successful in this test.
The solution was to write our own papers for parents to buy! We have written 16 GL papers. 12 GL maths practice papers and 12 GL English practice papers using the format of the familiarisation booklets, to replicate the style and questioning of the real exam. They are available in PDF format for parents to download at home or we can post them to you for free.
The GL English papers include longer texts as this is the format of the real tests. They are written to reflect the difficulty of the GL test. We have chosen classic texts in the English papers with authors including:
- Kenneth Grahame
- Lewis Carroll
- Mark Twain
- Hans Christian Anderson
- Rudyard Kipling
- H.G. Wells
- Arthur Conan Doyle
- Robert Louis Stevenson.
They also include a GL style Glossary at the end of each paper to allow children to practice using this feature and prepare them fully for the real tests.
Buy them on the On Target Transfer Tests website