The Assessments

Past Papers

An Order Form to purchase past papers as practice material will be available to download in April when our inventory is restocked.

If  you wish to view sample test items, please click here.

AQE Ltd only sell official past papers from this website.  We have no affiliation with any external companies selling papers / items.

The Assessment Procedure

After the registration process has been completed, all candidates will be contacted by their Assessment Centre, and invited to attend a familiarisation day in this school.  Familiarisation days are organised by the Assessment Centres themselves, and can vary slightly from centre to centre.  The Familiarisation days give the candidate an opportunity to see where they will be sitting the assessments, and to meet their room invigilators. While it is not essential for candidates to attend, it is recommended as it has been proven to help the children settle for the first assessment.

Assessment Centres will be in touch regarding specific arrangements on each assessment morning.

All 3 assessments begin at 10 a.m. and last for 1 hour (with the exception of extra time candidates).  AQE recommends that candidates attend ALL 3 assessments, however as the final age-standardised score is achieved through ‘best 2 out of 3’, it is only compulsory to attend 2 assessments.  This allows for an ‘off day’ or illness etc.

There is no subsidiary paper available.  If a candidate is only available to attend 1 assessment, you should contact the AQE Office via telephone.

The Specification

The Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) has been developed to meet international test standards. It assesses pupils on their English and Mathematics ability.  Please be aware that the 2018/2019 specification remains the same as the original specification as laid out in the downloadable document below.

The specification for the assessments can be downloaded here.

The CEA follows a standard formatof Mathematics and English questions.