Lagan College PPTC Transfer Test (11 Plus) Information



Formed in 1981 as the first integrated school in Northern Ireland, Lagan College is a co-educational secondary school located in Belfast. The school educates over 1200 pupils of various faiths and is usually oversubscribed.


Students study a balanced curriculum and have the chance to learn different languages. The school’s extracurricular activities include sports, arts, music and crafts.


To see what it’s like to study at Lagan College, watch this short promotional video:



Transfer Test Information for Lagan College


Address: Lagan College, 44 Manse Road, Belfast, BT8 6SA

Admissions Info:, 02890 401810

School Type: Co-Educational Secondary

Number of pupils: 1,262 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 8: 200 (70 place academic ability / 130 places non-academic)

Open Day Date: January

Exam Date: November/December

Exam Board Type: GL Assessment


Lagan College Admissions


Lagan College has 200 places available for Year 8 entry. It has a grammar stream entry and an all-ability entry. For the former, 70 places are available and Lagan College will consider the outcome of a pupil’s performance in either the GL Assessment or the AQE Assessment. For the latter, pupils do not have to sit an assessment.


For students taking the GL Assessment, all results are banded and age standardised.


Lagan College is one of Northern Ireland’s most oversubscribed schools. In the likely event that there are more applicants than available places, the following oversubscription criteria is used, giving priority to:


  • Applicants who have a brother(s) or sister(s) or half-brother or half-sister enrolled in the College
  • Applicants who are the only or eldest child in their family
  • Applicants enrolled at a grant-maintained integrated primary school or controlled integrated primary school
  • Applicants who have a parent formerly enrolled in the College


For more information on the admissions process or oversubscription criteria at Lagan College, parents can contact the school directly either via email, or telephone, 02890 401810.


How to Apply for Year 8 Entry to Lagan College


Lagan College holds on annual Open Day in January for parents and prospective Year 8 pupils. The event includes a tour of the school and its facilities and provides the opportunity to ask any questions about the admissions process.


Lagan College is one of 34 schools that make up the Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC). Each school within the PPTC uses the same entrance test, so parents are only required to register their child once. Parents can register their child via the PPTC website and refer to the site’s guidance notes for further information about how to complete the registration form.


Lagan College Transfer Test Format


The Lagan College Transfer Test is set by GL Assessment. It requires children to sit two test papers in Maths and English. Both papers consist of multiple-choice questions and students will be given practice sessions before each paper with a view to familiarising them with the style of questions in the main test papers.


The main test papers are structured as follows:


Maths Paper


The maths paper lasts for 45 minutes and has 45 questions. Most questions have been written to either assess the understanding of mathematical concepts and processes, or to assess the use of mathematics as a practical skill in a range of everyday situations. The remainder of the questions require recall of mathematical facts, properties or geometric names. Children will be tested on areas including numbers, money, measurement, geometry and statistics.


English Paper


The English paper lasts for 50 minutes and has 60 questions. The content of the English assessment paper is intended to reflect aspects of the English language involving comprehension, vocabulary, punctuation, spelling and study skills. A lot of emphasis is put on comprehension and so this is reflected in the structure of the assessment paper.


The tests are taken in November or December and parents should receive their child’s results in the post the following January. More information on the content of the test papers, visit the PPTC website.


How to Prepare for the Lagan College 11 Plus (11+) Transfer Test?


At Exam Papers Plus, we advise that it’s best to start preparation for the PPTC test early with a ‘little but often’ approach.


One of the most effective ways to kick-start your child’s revision is to use practice 11+ exam papers. Initially, the papers will give parents a good indication of their child’s current level, and as their studying progresses, the papers will help to chart their progress.


As the exam gets nearer, we’d advise that parents encourage their child to do timed papers under exam conditions, so that they get used to answering questions quickly. The more timed papers that students complete in the lead up to the test, the more their time management skills will improve.


Students currently preparing for the Lagan College 11+ Transfer Test will find the following practice papers especially useful:



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Lagan College 11+ past papers. The information provided about Lagan College was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


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