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This paper discusses the current concerns surrounding the psychometric
properties of the Transfer Test used in Northern Ireland to select pupils aged
10-11 years old for a grammar school education. It highlights the lack of
validity and reliability in the current selection system and offers computerised
adaptive testing as the viable alternative for academic selection which
reduces inequities associated with coaching and meets the international
standards of validity and reliability.