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.  To find out more about AQE Ltd please click here

A full list of participating AQE Grammar Schools can be found here  and on the front cover of the Registration Form. Anyone who hopes to be admitted to any of the AQE Grammar Schools listed will have to sit the CEA.

The AQE Office is now closed for the day. Office lines will be open from 9.15am on assessment mornings for emergencies only, alternatively e-mail can be used. THE TELEPHONE ANSWER MACHINE IS NORMALLY NOT CHECKED ON ASSESSMENT MORNINGS, please use alternative means of contact if required. If your child is unwell between now and the assessment morning, or if you are running late on the assessment morning, please do not panic, you should try to let your assessment centre know but it is not essential.

If you have not submitted a hard copy of your registration form to the AQE Office you will now have to enter under the late entry process. Further information can be found on the relevant page of the website.


Full details of all dates and deadlines can be found here; Key Dates and Deadlines

The assessments will take place on the following Saturdays in 2019;

  • 9th November
  • 23rd November
  • 30th November

The format of, and specification for the Common Entrance Assessment can be found on ‘The Assessments 2019’ page of this website.

The results will be issued to parents on Saturday 25th January 2020.