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AQE Common Entrance Assessment (CEA)

About the 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.Click to read more about the AQE


Contact the AQE

AQE Website Contact Us page.
E-mail: info@aqe.org.uk
Telephone Number: (028) 90224002


Common Entrance Assessment (CEA)

  • 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 70 minutes (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 Key dates (2022/23)

Wednesday 4thMay 2022: Registration Opens
Friday 23rd September 2021: Registration Closes
Saturday 19th November 2022: Assessment Paper 1
Saturday 26th November 2022: Assessment Paper 2
Saturday 3rd December 2022: Assessment Paper 3
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2022/23 Registration

AQE Registration opens on Wednesday 4th May 2022 at 10am
AQE registration closes on Friday 23rd September 2022 at 4pm

Applications can be completed online via the AQE website throughout the opening period. Alternatively a hard copy will be available to download and print.
Visit the AQE's website


AQE (CEA) Past Papers

2014-2019 Past Papers are only available to purchase from the AQE website shop.
2009-2013 Past Papers are available free to download from the AQE website.


The Transfer Test AQE (CEA) Practice Papers

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