Key dates for AQE (CEA) 2022

  • Wednesday 4th May 2022: Registration Opens
  • Friday 23rd Sep 2022: Registration Closes
  • Saturday 19th November 2022: 1st AQE Paper
  • Saturday 22nd Nov 2022: 2nd AQE Paper
  • Saturday 3rd Dec 2022: 3rd AQE Paper
  • Saturday 4th Feb 2023: Provisional date for results

Information about AQE Assessments 2022

According to AQE:

'To take account of the considerable disruption caused by Covid-19 to children’s education over the past two years, the mitigation arrangements put in place for the 2021/22 assessment will remain the same for this year'

  • Pupils will be given an extra 10 minutes to complete each paper (ie.70 minutes instead of 60 minutes).
  • The language within the English and Maths questions will be made more accessible.
  • The length of the English passages will be shortened where appropriate.
  • Certain topic areas will be omitted from the Mathematics Specification.


There are currently 34 schools in NI who facilitate the AQE Common Entrance Assessment and use the results from it to select pupils into Year 8:

BELFAST AREA Belfast Royal Academy Bloomfield Collegiate Campbell College Grosvenor Grammar School Hunterhouse College Methodist College RBAI Strathearn School Victoria College Wellington College

NORTH EAST AREA Antrim Grammar School Ballyclare High School Ballymena Academy Belfast High School Cambridge House Grammar School Carrickfergus Grammar School Coleraine Grammar School Dalriada School Larne Grammar School

SOUTH EAST AREA Bangor Grammar School Down High School Friends’ School Lisburn Glenlola Collegiate School Regent House School Sullivan Upper School The Wallace High School

SOUTHERN AREA Banbridge Academy Royal School, Armagh Royal School, Dungannon

WESTERN AREA Foyle College Limavady Grammar School Omagh Academy Strabane Academy Enniskillen Royal Grammar School