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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.

*REGISTRATION UPDATE – 10th JULY 2018*

THE AQE OFFICE IS CLOSED FROM WEDNESDAY 11th JULY – FRIDAY 20th JULY.

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 May and Monday 11th June  have been completed and parents should receive their Admissions Card by Saturday 14th July

Forms received from 12th June onwards will be processed once the office re-opens on Monday 23rd July.  We are hopefully that the backlog will begin to clear quite quickly over July and August.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

In certain areas candidates are now being allocated their second, third or fourth choices but these are still within a small geographical area.  The vast majority of centres still have availability.  Most centres which accommodate both GL and AQE have no spaces remaining for AQE.

THE 2018/2019 REGISTRATION CYCLE

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.