GL Specification

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The following information is taken from the PPTC (Post Primary Transfer Consortium) and gives details on the assessment content of the GL examination.


The content of the Assessment is intended to reflect the diversity of the curriculum; however a few questions covering areas which may not feature in any curriculum, such as elementary logic, are also included to assess intuitive understanding. Most questions have been written either to 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. The assessment includes the following:

  1. Number:
    • Value and place-value
    • Series and properties
    • Figurate numbers
    • Equivalence of operations
    • Decimal and vulgar fractions
    • Percentages
    • Indices (squared measurement only)
  2. Money:
    • Computation of change from up to £10
    • Proportion
    • Currency
  3. Measurement:
    • Scales
    • Units
    • Rate & proportion
    • Length
    • Area & Volume
    • Weight
    • Temperature
    • Time
  4. Geometry:
    • Triangle, quadrilateral, polygon and circle
    • Angle & Compass
    • Solid geometry
    • Symmetry (line & rotational)
    • Co-ordinates (to one quadrant)
    • Parallel & Perpendicular
    • Internal angles of geometric shapes
  5. Data Representation:
    • Venn diagram
    • Pie chart
    • Table
    • Graph and Histogram
  6. Statistical Ideas:
    • Average including use of mean, mode and median
    • Simple probability
  7. Mathematical Processes:
    • Logic
    • Mappings



The content of the English assessment paper is intended to reflect aspects of English language involving comprehension, vocabulary, punctuation, spelling and study skills.

The assessment booklets have been designed as simulations of the usual book layout; title and contents pages at the front, index, and glossary at the back. The passages chosen have been selected to represent a variety of styles and authorship and the types of passage a child might come across in the normal course of reading in school or at home. The content of the passages is suited in difficulty and interest to children in the age group being assessed.

Comprehension is considered to be of considerable importance and this is reflected in the structure of the assessment paper. Other skills occupy a smaller proportion of the assessment questions. The questions themselves are phrased in language which is simpler in structure and vocabulary than the assessment passages. They are presented in groups relating to a preceding passage.

The spelling and punctuation exercises use short passages of dialogue taken from children’s literature. Finally, at the end of the assessment booklet there is a general section which includes questions designed to encourage children to review mentally all the passages they have read (although not in specific detail). This section also includes general questions relating to study skills.

The assessment includes the following:

  • Comprehension: literal and inferential interpretation of statements in the passages.
  • Vocabulary: meanings of selected words in the context of the passage.
  • Spelling and Punctuation: proofreading skills in detecting mistakes in printed material.
  • Study Skills: knowledge of book layout and methods of finding a reference.

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