AQE Transfer Test Scores and marks

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AQE Transfer Tests: Grammar Schools’ intake and grade details

What was the highest AQE score in 2016 and what was the lowest AQE score that schools accepted for entry into year 8 in September 2017? The highest score for September 2017 entry was 129.
Below is a comprehensive table of results for the Transfer Test taken in the Autumn term of 2016.

It shows the grades needed to get into the grammar schools requiring the AQE Transfer Test result. Some schools accept both the AQE and the GL Assessment in Northern Ireland.

The schools are in order from "highest score to lowest score."

The table contains the name of the school, what town the school it is in, the highest grade/score/quintile/band it accepted and the lowest grade/score/quintile/band it accepted for entry in September 2017.

It also includes how many first preference choices it received, total applications and how many spaces the school has in year 8 - the Approved Enrolment.

This table gives an indication of what score might be needed in future years to obtain a place in your chosen Grammar School but it is only guidance.

 AQE Transfer Test Details for September 2017

Schools
Town
Test Type
Total
Applications
1st
Preference
Approved
Enrolment
Highest
Score/Grade
Lowest
Score/Grade
Royal School Dungannon Dungannon AQE 121 116 93 129 91
Friends' School Lisburn AQE 272 220 140 127 106
Methodist College Belfast AQE 306 267 240 127 100
Belfast Royal Academy Belfast AQE 272 240 200 126 97
Coleraine Grammar School Coleraine AQE 218 157 156 126 94
Dalriada School Ballymoney AQE 198 192 125 125 105
Royal School Armagh Armagh AQE 138 134 100 125 102
Strathearn School Belfast AQE 154 140 110 125 102
Grosvenor Grammar Belfast AQE 306 235 155 125 101
Sullivan Upper Holywood AQE 191 168 150 125 98
Royal Belfast Academical Institution Belfast AQE 231 137 150 125 94
Banbridge Academy Banbridge AQE 243 229 184 124 102
Belfast High School Belfast AQE 220 179 136 124 101
Down High Downpatrick AQE 163 154 128 124 100
Regent House Newtownards AQE 313 243 210 124 99
Ballyclare High School Ballyclare AQE 219 194 186 124 97
Ballymena Academy Ballymena AQE 202 192 176 124 94
Larne Grammar Larne AQE 156 140 110 124 92
Limavady Grammar Limavady AQE 150 129 130 123 86
Bangor Grammar Bangor AQE 196 178 125 122 102
Carrickfergus Grammar Carrickfergus AQE 201 167 116 122 97
Omagh Academy Omagh AQE 112 112 95 122 89
Wallace High School Lisburn AQE 299 221 170 121-125 101-105
Enniskillen Royal Grammar School Enniskillen AQE 159 158 130 121 94
Cambridge House Grammar Ballymena AQE 189 147 140 120 87
Glenlola Collegiate Bangor AQE 160 135 157 120 80
Foyle College Londonderry AQE 159 152 121 119 86
Strabane Academy Strabane AQE 75 75 54 118 82
Lagan College Belfast AQE/GL 408 324 200 AQE 121 GL 98 AQE 94 GL 33
Hunterhouse College Belfast AQE/GL 180 73 100 AQE 122, GL 87 AQE 88 GL 20
Slemish Integrated College Ballymena AQE/GL 202 170 120 AQE 113 GL 80 AQE 94-98 GL 30-39
Antrim Grammar Antrim AQE/GL 165 141 105 Band 1  Band 3 
Victoria College Belfast AQE/GL 180 100 130 AQE 124 GL A Band V
St Patrick's Grammar School Downpatrick AQE/GL 118 112 96 Band 1 Band 4
Wellington College Belfast AQE/GL 233 105 110 Band 1 Band 4

 

AQE quintile boundaries: Q1 112+; Q2 107 - 111; Q3 99 - 106; Q4 89 - 98; Q5 88 or less;
BAND RANGES: Victoria College, Lagan College, Wellington College: Band I 80 + (GL cohort percentile) 113+ (AQE score); Band II 60 - 79, 106 - 112; Band III 50 - 59, 103 - 105; Band IV 40 - 49, 99 - 102; Band V 30 - 39, 94 - 98; Band VI 20 - 29, 88 - 93; Band VII, 19 or below, 87 or below;

BAND RANGES: St Patrick's Grammar, Downpatrick: Band 1 60+ (GL) 107+ (AQE); Band 2 50+ (GL) 103-106 (AQE); Band 3 40+ (GL) 99-102 (AQE); Band 4 30+ (GL) 95-98 (AQE); Band 5 20+ (GL) 89-94 (AQE); Band 6 19 and below (GL) 88 or less (AQE)

 

** This information 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. **