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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.

The AQE Office is closed from Wednesday 10th – Friday 19th July 2019.

ALL FORMS RECEIVED BY THE AQE OFFICE BETWEEN WEDNESDAY 1st MAY AND TUESDAY 4th JUNE SHOULD NOW HAVE THEIR ADMISSIONS CARD. 

Forms received between Wednesday 5th June and Wednesday 12th June were sent out in the post on Tuesday 9th July. Forms received on or after Thursday 13th are still with the AQE Office and will be processed when the office re-opens on Monday 22nd July. 

Cheques stay with the registration forms and are not cashed until the form is processed.

INFORMATION FOR THE 2019/2020 CYCLE

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

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

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE A FEW CHANGES FROM LAST YEAR’S FORM, PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO PAYMENTS, PLEASE ENSURE YOU READ THE GUIDANCE NOTES CAREFULLY AND SUBMIT ONLY A 2019 REGISTRATION 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 via this website. 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 format of, and specification for the Common Entrance Assessment can be found on ‘The Assessments 2019’ page of this website.

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