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.

*REGISTRATION UPDATE – 21st August 2018*

Please note that the deadline for receipt of Registration Forms and Access Applications (where applicable) is STRICTLY Friday 7th September.

Registration forms are currently being processed within three weeks of receipt in the AQE Office (not date of postage).  We anticipate an increased number of registration forms to be delivered to the office between now the 7th September, so it may be that this gap increases again in the coming weeks.

A significant number of assessment centres have now filled to capacity and many candidates in Belfast and Co. Down are being allocated third or fourth choices.  In a situation where all choices are filled, parents will be contacted by the AQE Office to find an alternative choice of centre.


Please see the document below for key information on how the process works, including key dates and deadlines. (This document replaces the previously published FAQs)

AQE Key Information 2018-2019

The Registration Form and all Access Arrangements forms are now available to download here.  Along with your Registration Form, you will need to provide:

  • A copy of your child’s birth certificate (long or short version) or if this is not available a photocopy of the ID page of their passport is sufficient.
  • Two passport sized photographs

Registration opened on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 and will close on Friday 7th September 2018.