Lumen Christi College PPTC Transfer Test (11 Plus) Information



Located in Derry, Lumen Christi College is a co-educational Catholic grammar school for pupils aged 11-18. Founded in 1997, over 800 pupils attended the school, which is situated on the site of the old St Columb’s College.


Offering a full academic curriculum, Lumen Christi College also gives pupils the chance to participate in various extracurricular activities. To encourage pupils to participate, they are each given one merit per club/activity they join. Additional merits can also be won by taking part in activities such as swimming galas and public speaking or debating events.


Transfer Test Information for Lumen Christi College


Address: Lumen Christi College, Bishop Street, Derry, BT48 6UJ

Admissions Info:, 0287 1362595

School Type: Co-Educational Grammar

Number of pupils: 840 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 8:

Open Day Date: January

Exam Date: November/December

Exam Board Type: GL Assessment


Lumen Christi College Admissions


When the old 11+ process was abolished by the Northern Ireland Assembly, 34 schools joined together to form the Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC), an unregulated system that uses the same standardised entrance assessment to determine admission.


Lumen Christi College is a member of the PPTC and so admission to the school is determined by student performance in the PPTC Transfer Test. In cases where there are more applicants than available places, the following oversubscription criteria is used, giving priority to:


  • Applicants who live in Northern Ireland at the time of application
  • Applicants of whom a brother/sister, half-brother/sister, step-brother/sister or legally adopted brother/sister is a pupil in the school
  • Applicants who are an only child or the eldest child in the family


For more information about the College’s admission process, please email the school directly on or call 0287 1362595.


How to Apply for Year 8 Entry to Lumen Christi College


Before applying for a Year 8 place at Lumen Christi College, parents are encouraged to attend the school’s Open Event, which is usually held in January. This event can help parents decide if Lumen Christi College is the right educational environment for their child.


In order to apply for a Year 8 place at Lumen Christi, parents need to complete the registration form on the PPTC website in the first instance. Students only need to be registered for the test once, as each school in the PPTC uses the same entrance assessment.


Lumen Christi College Transfer Test Format


The Lumen Christi College Transfer Test is set by the exam board, GL Assessment. All children will sit two test papers in Maths and English. Questions on both papers are multiple-choice and students will be given practice sessions before each paper to familiarise them with the exam layout.


Maths Paper


The maths paper lasts for 45 minutes and has 45 questions. The questions are based on the school’s curriculum with some additional questions on elementary logic, mathematical facts, properties, or geometric names. The maths paper is designed to test students’ understanding of mathematical concepts and processes and their ability to use maths in everyday situations.


English Paper


The English paper lasts for 50 minutes and has 60 questions. The paper begins with three reading passages followed by comprehension questions (60% of total mark). There are then spelling and punctuation questions, followed by general questions (40% of total mark).


Scores for both papers are age standardised and results are posted to parents in January.


Get further information on the content of the test papers via the PPTC’s website.


How to Prepare for the Lumen Christi College 11 plus (11+) Transfer Test?


Practice exam papers can be an effective way of increasing your child’s confidence ahead of the Transfer Test. As students become more familiar with the requirements of the tests, they’ll better understand the types of questions they might be asked.


Our 11 Plus practice papers can help students prepare for the Lumen Christi College’s Transfer Test. We would specifically recommend the following practice packs:



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Lumen Christi College 11+ past papers. The information provided about Lumen Christi 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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