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2021 Specification Changes

2021 Specification Changes

AQE (CEA)

The following maths topics are not on the AQE's November 2021 Entrance Assessment.

  • Percentages
  • Triangular numbers
  • The use of a letter to stand for an unknown number
  • The interpretation of a calculator display in relation to money
  • Multiplication beyond a 3-digit number multiplied by a 2-digit number
  • Division beyond a 3-digit number divided by a single digit
  • Negative numbers
  • Calculating the area of a non-right-angled triangle
  • The continuous nature of measurement & the need for appropriate accuracy
  • The use of scale in simple maps and diagrams
  • Calculations related to timetables involving the 24-hour clock
  • Reflecting a shape in a diagonal line
  • Tessellations
  • Name and describe circles, pentagons, hexagons and octagons
  • Pie charts
  • Mean and range
  • Probability and likelihood

Download the AQE's English and Maths 2021-22 Specifications & Support documents for the November 2021 Common Entrance Assessment (CEA).


GL English

The following table shows the differences between the 2020 and 2021 GL English Assessment Paper format & specifications.

GL English Paper (2020 Version) GL English Paper (2021 Version)
Time to complete paper: 60 minutes. Time to complete paper: 50 minutes.
Number of questions: 60 Number of questions: 50
1st reading passage: 19th, 20th or 21st century fiction; non-fiction; or poetry. 10 questions with 4 answer options. 1st reading passage: 20th, 21st Century fiction or non-fiction, 16 questions with 5 answer options.
Spelling section: 19th, 20th or 21st century fiction; non-fiction; or poetry. 10 questions with 5 answer options. Spelling section: 20th, 21st Century fiction or non-fiction. 9 questions with 5 answer options.
2nd reading passage: 19th, 20th or 21st century fiction; non-fiction; or poetry. 14 questions with 4 answer options. Poem: 20th/21st Century poetry, 16 questions with 5 answer options.
Punctuation section: 19th, 20th or 21st century fiction; non-fiction; or poetry. 8 questions with 5 answer options. Punctuation section: 20th, 21st Century fiction or non-fiction. 9 questions with 5 answer options.
3rd reading passage: 19th, 20th or 21st century fiction; non-fiction; or poetry. 13 questions with 4 answer options. 3rd reading passage removed
General section: 5 questions with 4 answer options. General Section Removed

Download the PPTC's 2021-22 Format & Specification document for the November 2021 GL Entrance Assessment.


GL Maths

The following will NOT be included in the GL Maths Assessment Paper.

  • Proportion
  • Ratio, including scale.
  • Algebra
  • Use of brackets
  • Pie charts
  • Probability and likelihood
  • Cube numbers.
  • Negative numbers.
  • Averages: mode and median
  • Volume of cubes and cuboids
  • 3D shapes
  • Timetables

Download the PPTC's 2021-22 Format & Specification document for the November 2021 GL Entrance Assessment.