AQE - Common Entrance Assessment (CEA)
Key dates (2018/19)
Wed 2nd May 2018: Registration Opens
Fri 7th Sep 2018: Registration Closes
Sat 10th Nov 2018: 1st Paper
Sat 24th Nov 2018: 2nd Paper
Sat 1st Dec 2018: 3rd Paper
Sat 26th Jan 2019: Results
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 The Assessments page.
2018/19 AQE Registration & Information
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.
- Registration Form & Guidance Notes (pdf)
- How to Register (AQE Website)
- 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.
- The Assessments and Assessment Days FAQs (pdf)
- If you have any further queries please contact the AQE directly by e-mail (email@example.com) 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.
- Access Arrangements Application Form 2018 (pdf)
- General Guidance Notes 2018 (pdf)
- Impairment Guidance Notes 2018 (pdf)
- Language Guidance Notes 2018 (pdf)
- Access Arrangements FAQs 2018 (pdf)
- More information is available on the AQE's Access Arrangements page.
Special Circumstances and Provisions
- 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.
- More information & the forms are available from the AQE's Special Circumstances and Provisions page.
Past Papers, Practice Papers & Free Samples
AQE (CEA) Past Papers
AQE Past Assessment Papers are only available to purchase from the AQE website.
TheTransferTest.com Practice Papers & Free Samples
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