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Please note that due to the most recent government restrictions, the AQE Office will not be contactable by telephone, please use the e-mail address listed on the Contact Us section of the website.

Please see below for further information on the Common Entrance Assessments.

AQE Update 9 February 2021

AQE and its 34 member grammar schools intend to initiate preparations for proceeding with the Common Entrance Assessment for the next academic year. However, this will all be kept under review due to Covid-19 and we will be continuing to engage with all relevant stakeholders with the aim of providing further details when known. The safety and well-being of the children continue to be our main priorities.

AQE Update 14 January 2021

The Board of Directors of AQE Limited would like to announce that it has cancelled the Common Entrance Assessment due to be held on Saturday 27th February 2021. It is with regret that due to the uncertainties surrounding the easing of coronavirus restrictions, it will no longer be possible for AQE Limited to provide candidates with the opportunity to sit any papers during this academic year. We understand that this news will cause uncertainty and distress to many people but AQE limited was unable to get clarity as to the timescale and scope of the easing of the current restrictions. We apologise for the uncertainty caused in recent days and reaffirm that the safety of candidates and staff remains AQE Limited’s first priority. We offer all P7 pupils best wishes as they consider their choices for post-primary transfer.

Please see the document below for some Frequently Asked Questions (last updated February 2021).

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 most up to date specification can be found below: