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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.
Please note that the PPTC's GL Assessment dates have yet to be announced, so all GL dates below are yet to be confirmed (tbc). They are based on the assumption that the GL dates will fall on the same days as last year. However until the GL dates are officially announced by the PPTC (usually mid-May) these dates are just speculation and should be treated as such.

2016/17 AQE Timetable (pdf)
2016/17 PPTC (GL) Timetable - Available Mid-May

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

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

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

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). (tbc)

Results
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.

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

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.

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