AQE Transfer Test Information

AQE Transfer Test Information 2018

AQE Transfer Test Information

The Association of Quality Education (AQE Ltd) is the company formed to manage and administer the AQE test. The test is also known as the Common Entrance Assessment (CEA).

This page contains links to important documents including how to register for the AQE test, a list of participating AQE Grammar Schools who use the AQE Transfer Test, how the AQE test is marked / scored and the arrangements for Special Circumstances / Provisions. 

Dates for the AQE Test 2018-2019 cycle.

The AQE assessments will take place on 
Saturday 10th November 
Saturday 24th November
Saturday 1st December.

Registration will open on Wednesday 2nd May 2018.

The results of the 2018 assessments will be released on Saturday 26th January 2019.

Other information regarding the registration process for 2018/2019 will be released by AQE in due course.

How to register for the AQE Test

Registration forms for the Autumn 2018 tests. 
The CEA form for 2018-2019 is now available  2018-2019 AQE registration form  It gives a final closing date of Friday 7th September 2018 by which time the form must be returned. The fee in 2018 is £50.00. Late Registration Forms will be considered only when there are clear extenuating circumstances and in such cases a late entry fee of £75.00 will be incurred in place of the original fee.
Children entitled to Free Schools Meals do not have to pay the fee if the child is entitled to free school meals at the time of completing the AQE registration form.

AQE Schools

There are 34 schools offering the CEA test and using it to facilitate the selection of pupils into Year 8 (1st form), The links on the AQE website schools page will take you to the website of the relevant school where you will find more information about the test procedures and any additional detail or advice provided by each school.

Emergency Access Arrangements

Access Arrangements
If your child has sustained an injury or has an ongoing chronic medical condition and cannot complete the test without some form of help you can apply for Emergency Access Arrangements so that adjustments to allow your child to take the test can be made. These adjustments may not be granted or could be withdrawn if your child recovers sufficiently before the test.

If you think your child may be eligible you should consult the following documents:- 

General Guidance Access Arrangements 2018

Access Arrangements Application  2018

First Language Guidance Notes 2018 

The AQE Assessment Procedure

Preparation before the actual tests
Following the registration process, all candidates are contacted by their Assessment Centre, and invited to attend a familiarisation day in that school. These days are organised by the Assessment Centres and the format can vary from centre to centre. The familiarisation days will give your child an opportunity to visit the room or hall where they will be sitting the assessments and to meet their invigilators. It is not compulsory for your child to attend but it is recommended as it has been proven to help the children relax in preparation for their actual CEA assessments.

On the day of the tests
The AQE assessments begin at 10 a.m. and last for 1 hour (with the exception of extra time candidates). There are 3 tests and AQE recommends that all children attend all of the assessments. However it is only compulsory to attend 2 assessments.  

There is no subsidiary paper available. If for any reason your child can attend only 1 assessment  you will need to contact the AQE Office. 

AQE Marking and Results

Marks and results
The tests are marked by AQE staff. This link explains how the AQE marking is carried out.
Results are received by parents on Saturday 26th January 2019 and the results are posted to the home address used during the registration process. If your address has changed you must inform the AQE Office of your new address. 

Special Circumstances and Provisions

Special circumstances
The receiving post-primary schools process any applications for Special Circumstances/Provisions. This is not carried out by AQE however this link explains the process of applying for special circumstances.  

Important Dates for the AQE tests

Assessment One     : Saturday 11th November 2017
Assessment Two     : Saturday 25th November 2017
Assessment Three  : Saturday 2nd December 2017

Results : Saturday 27th January 2018

There are other dates relating to AQE office hours or deadlines for requests for a re-mark and you will find those here.


AQE offer Free Sample AQE Paper questions on their website. You can only purchase past AQE test papers from the AQE website and not from any other company. You can always purchase AQE practice tests and English or maths preparation papers from our shop.

Detailed information about all aspects of the AQE transfer test is available at



** This information may change and is provided for guidance only and while the content is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate we cannot be held in any way responsible for any errors or omissions that it may contain. Please contact your  examining board or chosen grammar school for all admission and registration details for the Transfer Test. **