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.

Update on refunds – 30th April 2021

AQE has sent all refunds to be processed by the payment merchant.  Due to an unforeseen delay, we are currently working to have the vast majority, if not all, refunds completed within the next fortnight. We will continue to re-process any refunds which are not completed by then and ensure these are completed as soon as possible thereafter.  We apologise sincerely for this delay and wish to reassure you we will be continually monitoring the progress of all refunds until they are fulfilled. 

If you paid via cheque or cash you will have received an email from our Admin Team on 20th April on the next steps to be taken. Please check your Junk Mail folder if you have not received this.

AQE Update 30th April 2021

We apologise for the slight delay in the opening of registrations for the 2021/22 academic year. As the safety and well-being of the children is our top priority we are continuing to monitor the situation regarding the Covid-19 restrictions in parallel with ongoing discussions with our member schools. We aim to have this updated no later than 14th May. We greatly appreciate your patience.

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

Please see the document below for some Frequently Asked Questions (last updated 24th March 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: