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.

AQE OVERFLOW SITE (A) ADDRESS: South Eastern Regional College, Lisburn Campus, Castle Street, Lisburn, BT27 4SU.


Forms received on or before the closing date of Friday 7th September will be processed over the next few weeks.

If you have not registered your child for AQE you should contact the AQE Office.  A late entry fee will be applicable for all candidates.  This fee is £75 (instead of the previous £50).  For children entitled to Free School Meals the original fee of £50 will have to now be paid (along with a proof of entitlement letter from the Education Authority or Primary School).  There are no exceptions to this fee.

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.

Registration Forms can be hand delivered into a post box at Weavers Court Business Park, however please be aware that there is no facility to pay by debit/credit card at the office.  Please pay by cash/cheque.


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.