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Association for Quality Education
AQE is an alliance of parents, principals, governors and teachers, who believe that the future of post-primary education in Northern Ireland should be based on our excellent secondary and grammar schools and not on imposition of the failed one-size-fits-all comprehensive model.
AQE oppose a system in which schools would be forced to select pupils on the basis of postcode, advocating instead that schools be given the freedom to develop academic, technical and vocational pathways to ensure that all children have the opportunity to attend a school which will cater for their interests and accommodate their needs and abilities.
Common Entrance Assessment (CEA)
All AQE schools (listed below) will be using the Common Entrance Assessment.
The Common Entrance Assessment test is based on the NICCEA (Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment) specification for the 2007/2008 Transfer Tests.
The difference between the CEA and the old transfer test is that this new test will not include any of the Science or Technology elements.
The test does not necessarily need to be taken at the school you wish your child to attend. During the application you list three schools in order of preference and based on availability you will be notified which school your child will sit the test at.
The CEA is based on three one-hour exams, best two marks count.
A child only has to do two of the three papers if they wish.