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AQE - Common Entrance Assessment (CEA)

Contact AQE

Website: www.aqe.org.uk
Phone: (028) 90224002
Email: info@aqe.org.uk

AQE Key dates (2020/21)

Thu 14th May 2020: Registration Opens
Fri 25th Sep 2020: Registration Closes
Sat 21st Nov 2020: 1st Paper
Sat 28th Nov 2020: 2nd Paper
Sat 12th Dec 2020: 3rd Paper
Sat 30th Jan 2021: Results

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AQE

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.
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Common Entrance Assessment (CEA)

  • Format of the CEA (pdf)
  • Specification of the CEA (pdf)
  • Tests are held in participating grammar schools
  • Where a child sits the assessment has no bearing whatsoever on admission to a post-Primary school in the future.
  • 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.
  • 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 - (028) 9022 4002.
  • More information is available on the AQE's Website .

AQE Schools not using academic selection for 2020/21

The following schools have announced that they will not be using AQE results to select pupils for 2021.

  • Lagan College, Belfast

Each school will have their own admissions criteria for 2021.

AQE Registration 2020

Due to current government restrictions, AQE have developed an online system for registering candidates who are due to enter Primary 7 in September 2020.
The AQE's online registration form is available on the AQE website's Registration 2020 page from Thursday 14th May 2020.
The closing date for registration will be Friday 25th September 2020.

AQE Access Arrangements 2020

All access documents for the 2020/2021 cycle should be submitted by post to the AQE Office, there is no facility for online applications for Access Arrangements.
For all Access Arrangements documentation including guidance notes, policy statement, the process & the application form please visit the AQE website's Access Arrangements 2020 page.
Applications can be submitted from Thursday 14th May 2020 until Friday 25th September 2020.

Special Circumstances and Provisions

Special Circumstances are different from Access Arrangements. Special Circumstances are for when something has impacted your child throughout the assessments, for example: a broken limb, a bereavement.
Special Circumstances forms will only be available after the assessments have been sat by the children.
Please visit the AQE's Special Circumstances and Provisions page for more information.

AQE (CEA) Past Papers

2014-2019 Past Papers are only available to purchase from the AQE website shop. However, due to current government regulations, the AQE Office is closed and no Past Papers orders can be fulfilled at the current time.
2009-2013 Past Papers are available free to download from the AQE website whilst government restrictions are in place which prevent children from attending school. AQE intend to release pdf versions of the earliest Common Entrance Assessments for parents to use as practice material while their children learn from home.

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