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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. Click to read more about the AQE
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.
Below are links to download the AQE documents for the 2019/20 cycle.
The AQE's registration form MUST be completed to register your child for the Common Entrance Assessment. It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that the registration form is completed.
The process of Access Arrangements (provisions for adjustments such as extra time etc during the assessments) runs alongside the process of Registration.
Access Arrangements are available for children who possess a learning, physical or medical impairment or children whose first language is neither English nor Irish and who have been in the UK/Ireland for less than three years.
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.