However, after the initial shock, students at Christian Brothers College in Cork said they recovered quickly.
“The questions were a lot different from last year. I found the seen poetry a bit tricky, but otherwise it was pretty good,” John Concannon said.
Stuart Chisholm said he’d found the seen drama a bit more difficult than he’d imagined. But his main gripe was about the speed at which he was forced to write. “I felt my hand beginning to seize up a bit during the exam,” Stuart said.
Dálach Ó Deasmhúnaigh complained that he also had to write too fast and felt students should have been given more time.
“The seen drama was a bit too general. The unseen poetry was grand, but I’d have preferred one long question rather than two short ones,” Dálach said.
Daniel Purcell felt some of the questions “were fairly odd” and nothing like past papers. “It was basically not what we had covered. But after the initial shock I’d say I did well enough,” Daniel said.