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 AQE Office is CLOSED between Friday 19th April and Tuesday 23rd April.  We will re-open on Wednesday 24th April.  


Full details of all dates and deadlines can be found here; Key Dates and Deadlines

Registration for the new cycle will open on Wednesday 1st May 2019. Registration forms will be available to print and download from this website or in hard copy from the AQE Office or any participating AQE grammar school from Monday 29th April 2019.  All AQE Registration Forms should be posted to the AQE Office at the address on the bottom of the form.

Registration forms will require the following documentation;

  • Two recent, identical passport sized photographs.
  • One copy of the candidate’s birth certificate (long or short) or the ID page of their passport (photocopied).

If the candidate is entitled to Free School Meals, at the time of registration, you must include confirmation of this entitlement from the Education Authority or, where possible, the Primary School.  We will not accept copies of the application form for renewal of entitlement.

The fee for registration will be £50, payable by cheque, cash or online prior to the 1st May. This is waived if you provide proof of entitlement to Free School Meals.

Where a candidate requires Access Arrangements (extra time etc), further information and documentation will be provided in due course.

Registration will close on Friday 6th September 2019.

The assessments will take place on the following Saturdays in 2019;

  • 9th November
  • 23rd November
  • 30th November

The results will be issued to parents on Saturday 25th January 2020.