After you submit your Registration Form you will receive an Admissions Card for your child. (This can take anything from ten days to four weeks from when your form is received by the AQE Office). The Admissions Card will be a small laminated card with your child’s photograph on it, along with their name, date of birth, Primary School and allocated Assessment Centre where they will sit all three assessments. Your child will need to take this card to each assessment.
Once registration has been completed for all candidates (usually by the end of September), the AQE Office will send contact details to each Assessment Centre for all the candidates registered to sit the assessments with them. All parents will then be contacted at some stage through October by their child’s Assessment Centre, inviting them and you to a Familiarisation Day or Evening prior to the first assessment.
Attendance at a Familiarisation Day is not compulsory but is strongly recommended as much more detailed information will be given about the practical arrangements on the assessment mornings. There is also the opportunity to address any issues that might occur without the added pressure of an assessment to complete.
Each Assessment Centre will run their Familiarisation Day slightly differently and they will generally be on different dates. In most cases your child will see the room or hall where they will be sitting the assessments and may also have the opportunity to meet their invigilator who will be in the room or hall to supervise the assessments. Information will also be given out regarding meeting points and specific times to ensure the assessment mornings run as smoothly as possible for everyone.
You should contact your Assessment Centre to see if an alternative day is available or if private arrangements can be made for your and your child to see the Assessment Centre.