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Association for Quality Education (AQE Ltd) is the company formed to manage and administer the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) for transfer of pupils from primary to a number of post primary schools in Northern Ireland. Click to read more about the AQE
Where a child sits the assessment has no bearing whatsoever on admission to a post-Primary school in the future.
After the registration process has been completed, all candidates will be contacted by their Assessment Centre, and invited to attend a familiarisation day in this school.
All 3 assessments begin at 10 a.m. and last for 1 hour (with the exception of extra time candidates). AQE recommends that candidates attend ALL 3 assessments, however as the final age-standardised score is achieved through ‘best 2 out of 3’, it is only compulsory to attend 2 assessments. This allows for an ‘off day’ or illness etc.
There is no subsidiary paper available. If a candidate is only available to attend 1 assessment, you should contact the AQE Office via telephone - (028) 9022 4002.
Links to download the AQE documents for the 2019/20 cycle will be added when they are made available at the end of April 2019. The documents for last year's cycle are listed below to use a reference until then.
Below are links to download the AQE documents for the 2018/19 cycle.
The AQE's registration form MUST be completed to register your child for the Common Entrance Assessment. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that the registration form is completed.
All Registration Forms should be submitted to the AQE Office no later than 7th September 2018. Late Registration Forms will be considered only when there are clear extenuating circumstances and in such cases a late entry fee of £75.00 will be incurred in place of the original fee.
All assessment centre places are filled on a first come, first served basis. Each centre has a limit to the number of candidates they can accommodate.
The AQE recommend all envelopes are sent recorded delivery as they cannot honour lost post unless evidence is provided.
If you have any further queries please contact the AQE directly by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone (028 9022 4002)
The process of Access Arrangements (provisions for adjustments such as extra time etc during the assessments) runs alongside the process of Registration.
Access Arrangements are available for children who possess a learning, physical or medical impairment or children whose first language is neither English nor Irish and who have been in the UK/Ireland for less than three years.
Special Circumstances are different from Access Arrangements. Special Circumstances are for when something has impacted your child throughout the assessments, for example: a broken limb, a bereavement.
Special Circumstances forms will only be available after the assessments have been sat by the children.