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Information & Help with the Northern Ireland Transfer Test

Key Dates

The Northern Ireland Transfer Test Key Dates

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Key Dates 2016/17

Below are the important dates for those children preparing to sit either transfer test in 2016 to gain entry to year 8 grammar schools in 2017.

2016/17 AQE Timetable (pdf)
2016/17 PPTC (GL) Timetable (pdf)

Registration Opens

28th April 2016: AQE Registration forms available.
3rd May 2016: AQE Registration Opens
16th May 2016: PPTC (GL Assessment) Registration Opens

Registration Closes

9th Sep 2016: AQE Assessment Applications Closes
23rd Sep 2016: PPTC (GL Assessment) Registration Closes (2pm)
28th Nov 2016: PPTC Supplementary Entrance Assessment Registration Closes (2pm)

Assessment Dates

Saturday 12th Nov 2016: AQE 1st Paper
Saturday 19th Nov 2016: GL Assessments (PPTC)
Saturday 26th Nov 2016: AQE 2nd Paper
Saturday 3rd Dec 2016: AQE 3rd Paper
Saturday 10th Dec 2016: GL Supplementary Entrance Assessment (PPTC)

Access/Special Circumstances Dates

16th Sep 2016: AQE Access Forms (ACC16) submission deadline.
September/October 2016: AQE Access decision - candidate's parent/guardian notified.
16th Dec 2016: PPTC (GL Assessment) Special Circumstances Registration Closes (2pm).


28th Jan 2017: AQE (CEA) results arrive at children’s homes
28th Jan 2017: GL Assessment results arrive at children’s homes
AQE & GL results letters will be posted 1st class on Friday 27th of January and should arrive the next day (Saturday 28th Jan). Parents worried about late post may wish to contact the Post Office to make alternative arrangements.


3rd Feb 2017: AQE Assessment (CEA) re-mark application form submission deadline.
10th Feb 2017: GL Assessment (GL) re-mark requests deadline (2pm).
Feb/Mar 2017: AQE Assessment (CEA) re-mark results.

Pupils apply to Schools

Feb/March 2017: Primary principals will hold meetings with parents and complete Transfer Forms for post-primary education. Transfer Forms will be sent to the Education Authority.

School Allocation

May/June 2017 - Parents are informed by the Education Authority which school that their child has been allocated to. Each region may notify parents on different dates.