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Registration was due to open on Wednesday 29th April but has now been delayed until Thursday 14th May the AQE have announced.

The AQE also announced that "Due to the circumstances caused by the continuing disruption of lockdown, AQE is moving completely to an online application process this year. It is hoped that the process will simplify the application procedure and will enable parents to upload electronic photographs, scanned birth certificates and pay online."

The AQE have updated their website with details regarding 2020's registration which has been moved to an online process this year due to the circumstances caused by the coronavirus lockdown.

There is more information, including guidance notes, on the AQE's 2020 Registration page

The online registration form will become available on the day registration opens. Registration is due to open on Wednesday 29th April 2020 although the date of registration opening may be delayed slightly.

AQE 2020/21 Key Dates

The AQE have announced their assessment dates for 2020 as well as the dates registration opens and closes.
Below are the dates that are confirmed so far.

Assessment Dates
Saturday 7th Nov 2020: AQE (CEA) 1st Paper.
Saturday 21st Nov 2020: AQE (CEA) 2nd Paper.
Saturday 28th Nov 2020: AQE (CEA) 3rd Paper.

Registration Dates
Wednesday 29th April 2020: Registration Opens
Friday 11th September 2020: Registration Closes

The Education Minister Peter Weir has said it would be difficult to facilitate children sitting the transfer tests in their own primary schools the BBC has reported.

Peter Weir's comments were in reply to a parent who wrote to the minister asking him to intervene so primary seven pupils to sit the tests in the school they attend. Children taking the tests currently sit them in grammar schools or further education colleges.

The 2019 Transfer Test results intake stats for Northern Ireland Grammar Schools accepting either the AQE or the GL Assessment have been published in today's Belfast Telegraph.

Northern Ireland Transfer Test News

The PPTC's 'Special Circumstances Pack' for the GL is now available to download from the PPTC's website
Links to download the pack are also listed on our PPTC (GL Assessment) information page.

Special Circumstances Packs are also available from PPTC Assessment Centres.

The deadline to register a claim for Special Circumstances is 2:00pm on Friday 13th December 2019

John Mulholland, the chair of the AQE has said the PPTC backed proposals for a single test are "not fit for purpose" BBC News NI has reported.

Mr Mulholland has strongly attacked the plans in a letter to school principals and governors and raised concerns about the quality of the proposed common test and how it would be run and paid for.

PPTC GL Assessment

Registration forms are now available for parents to register their child for the PPTC's 2019 GL Assessment.

Registration Packs are available from PPTC Assessment Centres or their websites, the PPTC website, or links are on our PPTC (GL Assessment) page.

Registration closes at 2pm on Friday the 20th of September 2019.

The PPTC have claimed that plans for a single transfer test in Northern Ireland have received "overwhelming support"
the Belfast Telegraph has reported.


Registration for the AQE's Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) opens today.
If you wish for your child to sit the AQE's Common Entrance Assessment (CEA) you must register them before the closing date using the 2017-18 AQE Registration Form.

Registration Forms are available from the AQE website, from an AQE Grammar School or from the AQE Office. Some Primary Schools may also be able to give you a form.