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.


Due to an unprecedented number of registration forms being received in the first few weeks of registration it is currently taking longer than anticipated to turn forms around and get Admissions Cards out to parents.  If you have submitted a form and have not yet heard from us, please do not panic.  Cheques are taken to the bank to be cashed after the registration has been completed, so this should not be cause for concern.

All forms received by the AQE Office between Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 17th May have been completed and parents should receive their Admissions Card by Tuesday 19th June.

Forms received by the AQE Office on Friday 18th May are currently being processed and parents should receive their Admissions Cards next week.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Most Assessment Centres still have good availability.


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.