The Assessments

Please see the document below for a selection of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the assessments and the assessment days:

The Assessments and Assessment Days FAQs

General procedure for the assessments

After the registration process has been completed, all candidates will be contacted by their Assessment Centre, and invited to attend a familiarisation day, which gives candidates an opportunity to see where they will be sitting the assessments, and to meet their room invigilators.Familiarisation days are organised by the Assessment Centres themselves, and can vary slightly from centre to centre. While it is not essential for candidates to attend, it is recommended.

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.