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Key Dates

The Northern Ireland Transfer Test Key Dates

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Update: Wednesday 2nd September.
Most of the dates below have now been amended following the news today that the tests have been postponed until January 2021.

Key Dates 2020/21

AQE Key Dates & Deadlines 2020/21 (PDF Download) - Updated 3rd September.

Assessment Dates

Saturday 9th Jan 2021: AQE (CEA) 1st Paper.
Saturday 16th Jan 2021: AQE (CEA) 2nd Paper.
Saturday 23rd Jan 2021: AQE (CEA) 3rd Paper.
Saturday 30th Jan 2021: GL Assessment.
Saturday 6th Feb 2021: GL Supplementary Entrance Assessment.

Registration Opens

Thursday 14th May 2020: AQE (CEA) registration opens.
Monday 1st June 2020: PPTC (GL Assessment) registration opens.

Registration Closes

Friday 9th October 2020: AQE (CEA) registration closes (4pm).
Friday 16th October 2020: PPTC (GL Assessment) registration closes (2pm).


Saturday 6th March 2021: AQE (CEA) results arrive at children’s homes.
Saturday 6th March 2021: PPTC (GL Assessment) results arrive at children’s homes.


March 2021: AQE (CEA) re-mark request form submission deadline. (date tbc)

Applying to post-primary schools

March 2021: Primary principals will hold meetings with parents and complete Transfer Forms for post-primary education. Transfer Forms will be sent to the Education Authority.

School Allocation

May/June 2021 - Parents are informed by the Education Authority which school that their child has been allocated to.