Nearly 58,500 students will receive their Leaving Certificate results today, up more than 500 since last year.
The results will be handed out at hundreds of schools throughout the morning as students gather to see how they have done and consider their options.
For six of the class of 2016, there are eight higher level A1s on their results sheet, but none have matched the nine A1s on honours papers achieved last year by David Glynn at St Gerald’s College in Castlebar, Co Mayo.
Among 2,819 external candidates who did not study at Irish second-level schools are 23 students from Libya. They sat the exams in Malta again this year, where students from the International School of the Martyrs in Tripoli have been travelling since 2011 to take the Leaving Certificate due to the security situation in Libya.
The children of EU immigrants and others have seen the numbers examined, in non-curricular languages, rise slightly this year to 1,424. Just over half of those took Polish exams, with Lithuanian (202), Romanian (167) and Portuguese (95) also popular.
There are nearly 1,500 Leaving Certificate repeat candidates this year, down from 1,670 in 2015 and from nearly 2,500 in 2012.
For students overseas or unable to attend their school, results can be checked online from midday by using a code and their exam number to access them on the State Examinations Commission website.
As its exam helpline prepared to open this morning, National Parents’ Council Post Primary spokeswoman Lynda O’Shea said the service has proven invaluable for parents, students, and teachers over the past 20 years.
It is being operated again this year by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.
“There is a huge amount of information now online and this can become confusing for students in a time of need,” Ms O’Shea said.
“Picking up the phone and being able to speak to a qualified guidance counsellor can really help clarify options for parents and students and relieve some of the stress that often comes at results time.”
Any student who is disappointed with a grade in any subject has the option to appeal the result to the SEC.
Last year, more than 9,800 individual marks were referred back to the State Examinations Commission to be remarked by a different examiner.
Appeals had been submitted by 5,661 students, meaning that a significant number had challenged at least two of their exam results, and nearly one in five appeals had been successful.
It is advisable to take the opportunity to view the marked exam paper in a subject before deciding if to appeal, but students need to apply to view their scripts by next Tuesday.
They will then be allowed to do so at their schools on September 2 or September 3, and appeals have to be made to the SEC by the following Wednesday evening.
The National Parents’ Council-Post Primary exam helpline, 1800 265 165, is open from 10am to 7pm today and tomorrow, and until 1pm on Friday.
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