AQE staff are all currently working from home. At this current time past paper orders placed after 24/03/2020 at 2pm will not be able to be fulfilled until current government restrictions are eased. Please see below for current information on the 2020 assessments.

This is a very uncertain time for everyone involved in education, not least for parents and pupils.  As the situation develops over the coming days and weeks, AQE will monitor what is happening and will work closely with our colleagues in the primary schools to ensure that parents and pupils are kept fully informed of the AQE procedures and assessments for 2020/21.  The AQE website will also keep schools, parents and pupils up to date with the latest developments.  Schools, parents and pupils should continue to prepare for the assessments in the home environment, while we continue to monitor the situation.  Any updates will be provided on this website.

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.


Full details of all dates and deadlines will be found here once it is available.

The format of, and specification for the Common Entrance Assessment can be found on ‘The Assessments 2020’ page of this website.