From Tuesday 26th July until Friday 26th August the AQE telephone lines will operate from 9am until 12.30pm, Monday to Friday.


The application for Registration Portal is now live via ‘Applications for Registrations 2022/2023‘.

Online Payments should be made prior to completing the application form. This can be done via ‘Online Payments’ (please note you do not have to pay the fee if your child is currently entitled to Free School Meals and you have up to date proof of such from the EA or Primary School – more information can be found in the application guidance notes.)

If you have completed the online application form but omitted to include any of the additional elements with the application form, you can submit these at a later stage using the ‘Uploading Documentation‘ section.

Assessment Dates and Format

The three assessments will take place on the following Saturdays at 10am:

  • 19th November 2022
  • 26th November 2022
  • 3rd December 2022

A provisional date for the issue of results will be Saturday 4th February 2023

To take account of the considerable disruption caused by Covid-19 to children’s education over the past two years, the mitigation arrangements put in place for the 2021/22 assessment will remain the same for this year.

  • Pupils will be given an extra 10 minutes to complete each paper (ie.70 minutes instead of 60 minutes).
  • The language within the English and Maths questions will be made more accessible.
  • The length of the English passages will be shortened where appropriate.
  • Certain topic areas will be omitted from the Mathematics Specification.

Further information on these changes are available here.


Please find an updated version of our Frequently Asked Questions here:

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

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.