What is the Schools' Entrance Assessment Group?

All 62 academically selective schools in Northern Ireland make up the Schools' Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG). It includes Controlled and Voluntary Grammar Schools and Integrated Schools in its membership. All schools in the SEAG use the same test, which means that children applying to any of these schools only need to take the entrance examination once.

Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School (boys) Antrim Grammar School (co-educational) Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School (co-educational) Assumption Grammar School (girls)

Ballyclare High School (co-educational)

Ballymena Academy (co-educational)

Banbridge Academy (co-educational)

Bangor Grammar School (boys)

Belfast High School (co-educational)

Belfast Royal Academy (co-educational)

Bloomfield Collegiate (girls)

Cambridge House Grammar School (co-educational)

Campbell College (boys)

Carrickfergus Grammar School (co-educational)

Christian Brothers’ Grammar School (boys)

Coleraine Grammar School (co-educational)

Dalriada School (co-educational)

Dominican College (girls)

Down High School (co-educational)

Enniskillen Royal Grammar School (co-educational)

Foyle College (co-educational)

Friends’ School Lisburn (co-educational)

Glenlola Collegiate (girls)

Grosvenor Grammar School (co-educational)

Hunterhouse College (girls)

Lagan College (co-educational)

Larne Grammar School (co-educational)

Limavady Grammar School (co-educational)

Loreto Grammar School Omagh (girls)

Lumen Christi College (co-educational)

Methodist College Belfast (co-educational)

Mount Lourdes Grammar School (girls)

Omagh Academy Grammar School (co-educational)

Our Lady and St Patrick’s College (co-educational)

Our Lady’s Grammar School (girls)

Rainey Endowed School (co-educational)

Rathmore Grammar School (co-educational)

Regent House School (co-educational)

Royal Belfast Academical Institution (boys)

Royal School Armagh (co-educational)

Royal School Dungannon (co-educational)

Sacred Heart Grammar School (girls)

Slemish College (co-educational)

St Colman’s College (boys)

St Columb’s College (boys)

St Dominic’s High School (girls)

St Joseph’s Grammar School Donaghmore (co-educational)

St Louis Grammar School Ballymena (co-educational)

St Louis Grammar School Kilkeel (co-educational)

St Malachy’s College (boys)

St Mary’s Christian Brothers’ Grammar School (boys)

St Mary’s Grammar School Magherafelt (co-educational)

St Michael’s College (boys)

St Patrick’s Academy Dungannon (co-educational)

St Patrick’s Grammar School Downpatrick (boys)

Strabane Academy (co-educational)

Strathearn School (girls)

Sullivan Upper School (co-educational)

Thornhill College (girls)

Victoria College Belfast (girls)

Wallace High School (co-educational)

Wellington College (co-educational)

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How to register for a place in the Schools' Entrance Assessment Group?

To apply for a school in the SEAG, you need to register your child on the Schools' Entrance Assessment Group (SEAG) website.

Application process for the Schools' Entrance Assessment Group

  • Registration opens: May

  • Registration closes: September

  • Test date: November

  • Results: January

The entrance exam for SEAG is provided by the GL exam board and will cover:

  • Mathematics

  • English (or Gaeilge)

The exam is completed over two 60-minute papers. Both papers cover both mathematics and English (or Gaeilge), and both papers follow the same format. There is a mixture of multiple choice and free response questions.

  • Section one is a Practise test Section, involving five English (or Gaeilge) questions and five Mathematics questions.

  • Section two is the English (or Gaelige) main test. This involves questions on spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension.

  • Section three is the Mathematics main test.

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