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Key Dates

The Northern Ireland Transfer Test Key Dates

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Key Dates 2020/21

Assessment Dates

Saturday 7th Nov 2020: AQE (CEA) 1st Paper.
Saturday 14th Nov 2020: GL Assessment. (to be confirmed)
Saturday 21st Nov 2020: AQE (CEA) 2nd Paper.
Saturday 28th Nov 2020: AQE (CEA) 3rd Paper.
Saturday 5th Dec 2020: GL Supplementary Entrance Assessment. (to be confirmed)

Registration Opens

Wednesday 29th April 2020: AQE (CEA) registration opens (9am).
Monday 11th May 2020: PPTC (GL Assessment) registration opens. (to be confirmed)

Registration Closes

Friday 11th September 2020: AQE (CEA) registration closes (4pm).
Friday 18th or 25th September 2020: PPTC (GL Assessment) registration closes (2pm). (to be confirmed)


Saturday 30th January 2021: AQE (CEA) results arrive at children’s homes.
Saturday 30th January 2021: PPTC (GL Assessment) results arrive at children’s homes. (to be confirmed)

We will add the rest of the dates for 2020/21 as soon as they are formally announced by the AQE & PPTC (GL).
The rest of the AQE's dates will probably be announced in March/April.
The PPTC (GL Assessment) dates are not usually announced in advance and are only confirmed when registration opens mid-May.

Key Dates 2019/20

Below are the AQE (CEA) & the PPTC (GL Assessment) dates for the 2019/20 cycle.

Registration Opens

Wednesday 1st May 2019: AQE (CEA) registration opens
Monday 13th May 2019: PPTC (GL Assessment) registration opens

Registration Closes

Friday 6th September 2019: AQE (CEA) registration closes
Friday 20th September 2019: PPTC (GL Assessment) registration closes (2pm)

Assessment Dates

Saturday 9th Nov 2019: AQE (CEA) 1st Paper
Saturday 16th Nov 2019: GL Assessment
Saturday 23rd Nov 2019: AQE (CEA) 2nd Paper
Saturday 30th Nov 2019: AQE (CEA) 3rd Paper
Saturday 7th Dec 2019: GL Supplementary Entrance Assessment

Other Dates

Monday 25th November 2019: PPTC (GL Assessment) deadline for receipt of requests to take the Supplementary Entrance Assessment (2pm)
Friday 13th December 2019: PPTC (GL Assessment) deadline for registering claims for Special Circumstances (2pm)


Saturday 25th Jan 2020: AQE (CEA) results arrive at children’s homes
Saturday 25th Jan 2020: PPTC (GL Assessment) results arrive at children’s homes


Monday 10th Feb 2020: AQE (CEA) re-mark request form submission deadline.
Friday 7th Feb 2020: PPTC (GL Assessment) re-mark requests deadline (2pm).

Applying to post-primary schools

Late Jan/Early Feb 2020: Primary principals will hold meetings with parents and complete Transfer Forms for post-primary education. Transfer Forms will be sent to the Education Authority.

School Allocation

30th May 2020 - Parents are informed by the Education Authority which school that their child has been allocated to.

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