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As parents prepare for the new school year many will be considering their choices for their children on transfer tests. For four years two very different tests have been available through the Association for Quality Education (AQE) and the Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC).

So which is the better test?

It is remarkable that the question has not been the subject of research given the amount of column inches used by the Northern Ireland print media over the tests.

One answer has been provided by Andreas Schleicher of OECD PISA, whose international rankings of countries education sysytems has resulted in policy changes.
In the August 2nd 2013 edition of the TES, Andreas Schleicher said;

Students whose teachers tend to expose them to open-ended rather than multiple choice tasks can be expected to perform better on the former than the latter