Leaving Cert Results: Students can seek recheck, but only 18% of grades rise

Anyone unhappy with their Leaving Certificate exam results in any subject can appeal one or more grades.

The State Examinations Commission will accept an appeal against any grade up to September 2, which will prompt a full recheck of the written script and any other elements of a student’s work for which marks counted towards their grade.

It is advised to avail first of the opportunity to view the script in the subject, which should already have been sent to the candidate’s school if it was taken at higher level. In any event, a notification through the school of intention to view a script will prompt the commission to deliver any material of the student in that subject to the school, as most ordinary-level exams are not sent to schools.

With the permitted presence of a teacher or adult, a student can go through their corrected paper to check if there are any areas where they believe they might be entitled to additional marks that would bring them to the next grade level. The dates for these script viewings will be notified to applicants and will take place on either Friday or Saturday, August 28-29. It is important to apply to do so by Tuesday next.

If a candidate wants to pursue an appeal, there is a €40 fee for each subject appealed. This is refundable in the event an upgrade results from the checking process, which is usually completed by mid-October each year.

In 2014, 9,268 grades were appealed in respect of Leaving Certificate results by almost 5,450 students. This led to 1,686 grades being increased after checking, equivalent to a success rate of around 18%.

Arising from the appeals process and the subsequent improvement in CAO points, 380 college applicants were offered a place in the second week of October last year, up from around 330 in recent years.

In some cases, a college may offer a place next year on the course for which a student becomes eligible through an upgrade, as there may be limits on numbers due, for example, to limited lab space or pre-arranged clinical placements.

An applicant may also apply to the college to defer starting the course offered to them until next year.

Meanwhile, a Polish surgeon will arrive in Ireland tomorrow to recruit students who wish to study medicine there. Prof Arkadiusz Jawien, president of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, who initiated medical courses through English at the Nicolaus Copernicus University’s Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, will host an open session from 5pm-6.30pm at Medical Poland on Gardiner St, Dublin.

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