Engineering paper ‘tough but fair’

THE final day of Leaving Certificate 2005 began with engineering papers yesterday morning.

TUI spokesperson Kenny Donagher said the compulsory question at higher level was about an aero generator and the exam was fair, although a bit challenging. The question about welding was really different to that question in other years but the paper offered a lot of choice.

He said the ordinary level paper contained no major problems as it was very fair and contained nothing too technical.

Eugene O’Brien of the Engineering and Technology Teachers Association said the ordinary level paper was very student-friendly and provided excellent choice.

The layout of the higher level paper contained no unusual trends and, importantly, the level of difficulty was raised as students went through each question, he said.

The Leaving Certificate agricultural science higher- level paper had more biological content than normal, according to TUI spokesperson Padraic Brennan. But he said, there were no major problems

He said the ordinary level paper included a good choice of questions and easily identifiable photos in the short question section.

ASTI spokesperson Peter Keaney said the higher level paper was quite long but gave students plenty opportunity to expand on their knowledge of the subject.

He said the ordinary level paper included a good mix.

For around 1,500 students who sat applied maths yesterday, the higher level paper was quite difficult.

TUI spokesperson John McKeon said it was very challenging.

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