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Key Dates 2019/20

Below are the AQE (CEA) & the PPTC (GL Assessment) dates for the 2019/20 cycle.

We will update this page with the rest of the 2019/20 dates as soon as they are formally announced. For earlier confirmation of any other dates you should contact the AQE and/or the PPTC directly.

Assessment Dates

Saturday 9th Nov 2019: AQE (CEA) 1st Paper
Saturday 16th Nov 2019: GL Assessment (to be confirmed)
Saturday 23rd Nov 2019: AQE (CEA) 2nd Paper
Saturday 30th Nov 2019: AQE (CEA) 3rd Paper
Saturday 7th Dec 2019: GL Supplementary Entrance Assessment (to be confirmed)

Registration Opens

Wednesday 1st May 2019: AQE registration opens*
Mid-May 2019: PPTC (GL Assessment) registration opens
*Registration forms will be available to print and download from the AQE website or in hard copy from the AQE Office or any participating AQE grammar school from the end of April.

Registration Closes

Friday 6th September 2019: AQE registration closes
Mid-September 2019: PPTC (GL Assessment) registration closes

Please note the PPTC have yet to announce the GL Assessment dates. All PPTC (GL) dates above are based on the assumption that they will fall on the same dates as previous years and are yet to be confirmed. The GL Assessment dates are usually officially announced mid-May when the PPTC's registration opens.

Key Dates 2018/19

Below are the AQE (CEA) & the PPTC (GL Assessment) dates for the 2018/19 cycle.

Registration Opens

Wednesday 2nd May 2018: AQE Registration Opens
Monday 14th May 2018: PPTC (GL Assessment) Registration Opens

Registration Closes

Friday 7th Sep 2018: AQE Registration Closes
Friday 21st Sep 2018: PPTC (GL Assessment) Registration Closes (2pm)

Assessment Dates

Saturday 10th Nov 2018: AQE (CEA) 1st Paper
Saturday 17th Nov 2018: GL Assessment
Saturday 24th Nov 2018: AQE (CEA) 2nd Paper
Saturday 1st Dec 2018: AQE (CEA) 3rd Paper
Saturday 8th Dec 2018: GL Supplementary Entrance Assessment


Saturday 26th Jan 2019: AQE (CEA) results arrive at children’s homes
Saturday 26th Jan 2019: GL Assessment results arrive at children’s homes


Monday 11th Feb 2019: AQE (CEA) re-mark request form submission deadline.
Friday 8th Feb 2019: GL Assessment (GL) re-mark requests deadline (2pm).

Pupils apply to Schools

Feb/March 2018: 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 2019 - Parents are informed by the Education Authority which school that their child has been allocated to.