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AQE - Common Entrance Assessment (CEA)

Contact AQE

Website: www.aqe.org.uk
Phone: (028) 90224002
Email: info@aqe.org.uk

AQE Key dates (2020/21)


Thu 14th May 2020: Registration Opens
Fri 9th Oct 2020: Registration Closes
Sat 27th Feb 2021: The Test
Sat 6th March 2021: Results

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AQE

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.
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Common Entrance Assessment (CEA)

  • Format of the CEA (pdf)
  • Specification of the CEA (pdf)
  • Tests are held in participating grammar schools
  • 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.
  • More information is available on the AQE's Website .

2021/22 Registration

The 2021-22 Registration form will be available on the AQE website when registration opens. AQE Registration usually opens mid-May and closes in September, however these dates may change again this year due to Covid-19.

AQE Schools not using academic selection for 2021/22

The following schools have announced that they will not be using AQE results to select pupils for 2022.

  • Lagan College, Belfast

Each school will have their own admissions criteria for 2022.

AQE (CEA) Past Papers

2014-2019 Past Papers are only available to purchase from the AQE website shop.
2009-2013 Past Papers are available free to download from the AQE website.

TheTransferTest.com Practice Papers & Free Samples

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