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Key Dates

The Northern Ireland Transfer Test Key Dates

Key Dates 2016/17

Below are the dates confirmed so far.

Assessment Dates
AQE Paper 1 - 10am on Saturday 12th November 2016
AQE Paper 2 - 10am on Saturday 26th November 2016
AQE Paper 3 - 10am on Saturday 3rd December 2016

Historically the GL Assessment was on the Saturday between AQE Papers 1 & 2. If this pattern continues for 2016 then the GL papers would be on Saturday 19th November 2016. However until the GL dates are officially announced by the PPTC this is just speculation.

Key Dates 2015/16

Below are the important dates for those children preparing to sit either transfer test in 2015 to gain entry to year 8 Grammar Schools in 2016.

2015/16 AQE Timetable (pdf)
2015/16 PPTC Timetable (pdf)

Registration Opens
1st May 2015: AQE Registration forms available.
5th May 2015: AQE Registration Opens
18th May 2015: PPTC (GL Assessment) Registration Opens

Registration Closes
11th Sep 2015: AQE Assessment Applications Closes
25th Sep 2015: PPTC (GL Assessment) Registration Closes (2pm)
23rd Nov 2015: PPTC Supplementary Entrance Assessment Registration Closes (2pm)

Assessment Dates
7th Nov 2015: AQE 1st Assessment (CEA)
14th Nov 2015: GL Assessments (PPTC)
21st Nov 2015: AQE 2nd Assessment (CEA)
28th Nov 2015: AQE 3rd Assessment (CEA)
5th Dec 2015: GL Supplementary Entrance Assessment (PPTC)

Access/Special Circumstances Dates
18th Sep 2015: AQE Access Forms (ACC15) submission deadline.
September/October 2015: AQE Access decision - candidate's parent/guardian notified.
11th Dec 2015: PPTC (GL Assessment) Special Circumstances Registration Closes (2pm).

30th Jan 2016: AQE (CEA) results arrive at children’s homes
30th Jan 2016: GL Assessment results arrive at children’s homes
AQE & GL Results letters are posted 1st class on Friday 29th of January and should arrive the next day (Saturday 30th Jan). Parents worried about late post may wish to contact the Post Office to make alternative arrangements.

5th Feb 2016: AQE Assessment (CEA) re-mark application form submission deadline.
12th Feb 2016: GL Assessment (GL) re-mark requests deadline (2pm).
Feb/Mar 2016: AQE Assessment (CEA) re-mark results.

Pupils apply to Schools
Feb/March 2016: Primary principals will hold meetings with parents and complete Transfer Forms for post-primary education. Transfer Forms will be sent to ELBs/ESA.

School Allocation
May/June 2016 - Parents are informed by the relevant Education and Library Board of the school that their child has been allocated to. Each Board may notify parents on different dates.


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