Agricultural paper proves to be ‘challenging and topical’

This year’s Agricultural Science Leaving Cert exam was far from a “recall” paper, with a mix of challenging and topical questions that asked students to think.

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Listening comprehension proved difficult for some Leaving Cert German students

As more than 8,700 students sat German exams today, a “tricky” listening comprehension about a beard competition may have proven difficult to even the top students.

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'No big surprises' in Leaving Cert business and art papers

Students were very happy with both the Leaving Cert business and art papers, which featured a wide choice of questions and “no big surprises".

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Leaving Cert: Irish Paper Two 'fair and manageable'; Biology 'provided a lot of choice'

An “emphasis on the traditional”, reading comprehensions featuring Michael D Higgins and human reproduction each made an appearance in questions faced by Leaving Cert students as the fifth day of the State exams got underway with Irish Paper Two and Biology.

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Mixed views on Leaving Cert higher level maths paper 2

There were mixed views on today's higher level Maths Paper 2.

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Algebra dominates Higher Level maths paper in Leaving Cert

Higher level maths students faced an algebra-dominated paper without any financial maths, but it was easier and shorter than their mock exams, teachers say.

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State Exam Commission condemns online abuse of author who featured on English exam

The author of an article which featured in a Junior Cert exam yesterday without her knowledge has received death threats.

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Leaving cert English paper two a stern challenge

After paper-one left many English students 'beaming', paper-two provided a much more stern challenge.

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Students ‘beaming’ after ‘well-pitched’ English paper on Leaving Cert day one

A “well-pitched and well-varied” Leaving Cert higher level English paper left students “beaming” on the first day of their exams.

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Examinations to begin for 125,000 students

Today marks the start of the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams for almost 125,000 secondary school students.

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Students urged to consider apprenticeships as a career choice

Students are being urged to consider apprenticeships as a career choice, as they prepare to sit their exams this week.

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Testing times: Stress management during the exams - for students and parents

The Leaving Cert is a stressful time for most students. Experts tell Arlene Harris how parents can best respond if their child’s exams don’t go according to plan

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State short of correctors for Leaving and Junior Cert papers

An urgent appeal has been issued for teachers to correct Leaving and Junior Certificate exam papers with less than a fortnight to go before the examinations begin.

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Urgent appeal for more examiners to mark Junior and Leaving Cert papers

An urgent appeal has been issued for teachers to correct Leaving and Junior Cert exam papers with less than a fortnight to go before the examinations begin.

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Parents of exam students urged to seek help by mental health watchdog

A mental health watchdog is urging parents of Junior or Leaving Cert children to seek help, as they too, can feel at a loss as stress and nerves mount ahead of next month.

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Survey outlines the mental and physical toll of the Leaving Cert

Ireland’s exam system is taking a punishing toll on school students, according to a Studyclix survey released today.

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Computers will not be correcting Junior and Leaving Cert papers, SEC confirms

Computers will not be correcting Leaving or Junior Cert papers, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) has confirmed.

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Snack attack: Food to fuel your brain during exams

The Junior and Leaving Cert exams are fast approaching, time to think about food options for students who need to refuel in a hurry, writes Roz Crowley

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Learning Points: State exams need not be testing times for teens

Anxiety impacts all of us. As mammals, we are hardwired to it. And it has been key to our survival.

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Deadline for late CAO applications this evening

The deadline for late CAO applications is 5.15pm this evening but potential applicants are advised to register well in advance of that time.

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Industrial action threatened if Leaving Cert changes railroaded through without consultation

Teachers have told the Education Minister they are prepared to take industrial action, which could include strikes, if changes to the Leaving Cert curriculum are railroaded through without consultation.

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How to be smart about studying during Easter break

The two-week Easter break is time to gain ground ahead of June’s State exams, but not to the point of burnout, says Aileen Lee.

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Proposal would see Leaving Cert students assessed over two years

Leaving Cert students could be assessed over two years instead of facing one set of exams at the end of sixth year.

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Leaving Cert grades linked to finishing college

Students with higher Leaving grades and CAO points are significantly more likely to complete higher education than those with lower grades, according to a new report from the Higher Education Authority.

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Senator thinks students should get CAO points for 'civic activities'

A Senator believes school students' "civic activities" should be included in the CAO Points System.

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Student recounts how she had to take Leaving Cert exam day after her mother died

A former school student has told how she had to sit her Leaving Cert business exam the day after her mother died of cancer.

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More Leaving Cert students choose higher level since grading reform, but performance levels drop

More students have chosen to attempt higher level subjects in the Leaving Cert since the grading system was revised.

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More students opt for higher level papers in Irish, English and maths at Leaving Cert

More students are taking higher level Irish, English and maths at Leaving Cert level since the introduction of a new grading system in June 2017.

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Survey: Majority agree on need for Leaving Cert change

Students, parents, and teachers are in agreement on the need to radically reform the Leaving Certificate but quite divided on the ways of doing it, new research suggests.

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Leaving Cert to run for an extra two days to eliminate three exams in one day

The Leaving Certificate will run into a fourth week for up to 4,000 students from next year under plans to avoid dozens of teenagers having to sit three exams in a single day.

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Research finds Leaving Cert causing burnout and stress among students

The pressure of the Leaving Cert is causing burnout among students, according to a new ESRI study.

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Ógra Fianna Fáil: Cut to Leaving Cert appeals wait insufficient

Cutting the time it takes to issue results of Leaving Certificate appeals by three weeks is not enough, a youth political group says.

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Leaving Cert appeals set to change following court ruling in favour of student

Up to 350 students a year could benefit from sweeping changes to the timing of Leaving Certificate results, college offers, and exam rechecks, which ministers claim will cut three weeks off the exam appeals process.

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Thousands of students to receive Leaving Cert results upgrade

Students who appealed exam results in this years Leaving Certificate can find out their new marks today.

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UCD to accept more students with exam upgrades on an 'exceptional basis'

It's said to be relaxing the rules as a one-off in the interests of fairness.

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Department may make Irish compulsory for overseas students

Students from other countries may be forced to study Irish in school under new plans.

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Rebecca Carter's marks upgraded following successful appeal

Rebecca Carter's leaving cert marks have been upgraded meaning she now has enough points to do veterinary medicine in UCD.

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State Examinations Commission to consider impact of exam appeal ruling

The board of the State Examinations Commission (SEC) will today consider the implications of the High Court ruling in which its Leaving Certificate appeals system was strongly criticised.

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Update: Fianna Fáil TD aware of another Leaving Cert adding mistake that was corrected 'almost immediately'

There are calls for third-level institutions to extend their course registration cut-off dates.

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Rebecca Carter ‘overwhelmed and delighted’ after Leaving Cert score appeal victory

The State’s exams appeal system is not fit for purpose, a High Court judge has warned after a student fulfilled her dream of winning a place in veterinary medicine following a legal challenge.

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Student who missed out on college place wins case over decision not to re-check Leaving Cert results before mid-October

A student has won her case against the State Examination Commission to have the appeal of her Leaving Cert results decided before mid-October.

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Leaving Cert student sues State Examinations Commission over recheck wait

An 18-year-old Wexford student, whose Leaving Certificate marks were wrongly totted up by an examiner, could lose her chance of a place in a college veterinary medicine course, the High Court was told yesterday.

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Managing the stress of the points race

For many students last week was excruciatingly long and unfortunately ultimately punctuated with bitter disappointment, writes Richard Hogan

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More non-teachers among fewer Leaving examiners

Nearly 20 non-teachers marked Leaving Certificate papers this summer as the State Examinations Commission (SEC) continues to have trouble getting qualified teachers for the work.

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Girls continue to outperform boys in Leaving Cert results

Female students continue to outperform their male counterparts in the Leaving Cert.

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Pupils show gender bias in identifying authors

Fourth-class pupils show strong evidence of gender bias in their answers to reading tests, research has found.

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120 college courses to accept new applicants not registered with CAO

More than 120 third-level courses are open for fresh applications, even from students who did not apply for a college place yet.

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Quiz: Where should you travel to if you’re having a gap year after the Leaving Cert results?

Take this quiz if you’re looking for some inspiration for the next stage of your life.

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43 Leaving Cert results withheld amid cheating suspicions

Instances of suspected cheating by students sitting the Leaving Certificate have increased by 11% this year.

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Determined Keelyn thanks teachers and family after long journey back

Keelyn Cotter has more reason than most to look forward to Monday.

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‘I had it all — on paper. Inside, I was the most unhappy, depressed girl’

In 2007, I “had it all” or so they said. On August 15 that year, my school principal ripped open my results

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Help for all to reach their potential

As more than 57,000 second-level graduates contemplate and absorb their Leaving Certificate results today, it is appropriate to reflect on last year's overhaul of the grading system.

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Leaving Cert: 'I wasn't expecting to get eight H1s' says Cork student

More than 57,000 students have been congratulated and advised to take pride in whatever their achievements in Leaving Certificate results being issued this morning.

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Cork pair overcome barriers to pick up Leaving Cert results

Two Cork students have overcome significant hurdles to complete their Leaving Cert exams.

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Update: Engineering body concerned at number of students sitting Leaving Cert STEM subjects

More than 57,000 students across the country are getting their Leaving Cert results today.

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Ruling means Leaving Cert students can get copies of scripts

This year’s Leaving Certificate students can, for the first time, get a copy of their written Leaving Certificate answers or recording of their oral tests.

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Ruling means Leaving Cert students can get copies of scripts

This year’s Leaving Certificate students can, for the first time, get a copy of their written Leaving Certificate answers or recording of their oral tests.

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Exam reforms see more Leaving Cert students take higher level

Students have continued to take advantage of Leaving Certificate and college entry reforms by moving to higher level exams in even greater numbers this year.

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