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# Exams

This year
# Exams
Leaving Cert students ask Foley to keep 'no cliff edge' vow - and avoid clash with Harry Styles gig
Norma Foley has a challenge ahead to keep everyone happy as she aims to reform the Leaving Certificate.
Last year
# Exams
Delay in issuing Leaving Cert results 'will cause huge levels of additional stress and worry'
The Leaving Cert exam results will be issued on 2 September.
# Take a Bow
Ireland's oft-overlooked man of the match revels in starring role
Liam Kerrigan made a big impact on just his second U21s cap, scoring in the win over Montenegro.
# Explainer
Explainer: What changes are being made to the Leaving Certificate?
Major reforms to the Leaving Cert are to be brought in beginning in 2023.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert to go ahead on exams-only basis this year as minister rules out accredited grades
Both the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert are set to go ahead in June.
The Minister for Education said that there would be additional choices within the exams.
She added that grades would be standardised against grades in 2021, to avoid issues with grade inflation.
The Junior Cert exams are also set to go ahead later this year.
Opinion: If government parties want future votes, they must listen to the Class of 2022
Second-level students union says 'traditional' State exams can't go ahead
# Leaving Cert
Universities body prefers a return to 'normalised grading' for Leaving Cert
A survey released by the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union this week showed 68% of students want a ‘hybrid-model’ Leaving Cert.
All time
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert oral exams and practical music exams to be deferred until Easter break
It was decided that the exams will take place outside of school time over the first week of the school Easter holidays.
# Points Race
The second round of CAO offers are out - and they're all right here
Compare every course and institution with our dedicated site.
# Leaving Cert
45 students suspected of cheating in Leaving Cert exams have results provisionally withheld
The decision to withhold a result or marks is open to appeal.
Opinion: If the way we live and work after Covid can be reformed, why not education too?
It’s an ideal time to reform the Irish educational system, writes Emma DeSouza.
# Exams
The CAO points for 2021 have just been released. Find them all here
Compare every course and institution with our dedicated site.
# Your Say
Poll: Did you get the points you wanted when you did the Leaving Cert?
Leaving Cert results came out for the class of 2021 last week.
Simon Harris: It's time to end the Leaving Cert points race in Ireland
The Minister for Further and Higher Education says the Leaving Cert is not the only avenue to an education.
# Leaving Cert
D-Day for some 55,000 students as Leaving Certificate exams get under way
While some students have opted for Accredited Grades, thousands will sit their exams over the coming weeks.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you still have the 'Leaving Cert nightmare'?
This year’s exams kick off tomorrow.
# Exams
Leaving Cert students say they are relieved with clarity and choice, but some issues remain
“I trust my teachers, but I don’t trust the algorithm,” one student said.
# Waiting Game
Leaving Cert decision pushed back as opposition lines up against holding of traditional exams
The Advisory Group tasked with plotting a course for the examinations met again today.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert alternatives under consideration but clarity to be given within the next few weeks, says Tánaiste
Alternatives to the Leaving Cert exam are being considered by the national advisory committee on the exams this afternoon.
# Stormont
Northern Ireland cancels GCSE and A-level exams due to Covid-19
It comes amid stricter lockdown measures to stop a rise in transmission of coronavirus and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed by new cases.
# examination
Teacher assessments to replace GCSE and A-level exams in England this summer
England’s Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed the exams would be cancelled.
# exam time
All school exams in Scotland next year have been cancelled
The Education Minister said he wouldn’t stake pupils’ futures “on a lottery of whether their school was hit by Covid”.
# Leaving Cert
Almost 2,600 students to sit postponed Leaving Cert exams from today
Candidates were given the option earlier this year to receive Calculated Grades and/or to sit written exams.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert: Polymetrika was paid €91,500 above agreed cost for work after daily rate kicked in at end of contract
To date, €163,000 has been paid to Polymetrika for the calculated grades system.
# Calculated Grades
Leaving Cert students can now find out how their school ranked them against classmates
Students can also apply to sit the postponed exams in November.
# Leaving Certificate
First High Court challenge to Leaving Cert calculated grade system
The action is being taken by a student who missed out on a place to study medicine at Trinity College by two points.
# Calculated Grades
The CAO points for 2020 have just been released. Find them all here
Compare every course and institution with our dedicated site.
# Explainer
A reminder of how the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades system works, and the rationale behind it
Here is the thought process behind the Plan C for the Leaving Cert, the appeal process, and where it could all go wrong.
# Explainer
What insight did we get about the Leaving Cert Calculated Grades after the furore in the UK?
There has been concern from the start about ‘standardising’ Leaving Cert grades – this has been somewhat vindicated this week.
# Scotland
'We did not get this right': Sturgeon apologises to pupils over downgraded exam results
Pass rates for pupils in the most deprived data zones were reduced by 15.2% – for pupils from the most affluent backgrounds the reduction was 6.9%.
View from a teacher: So far we’ve been putting out fires, but it's time for proper solutions
One secondary school teacher says now is also an opportunity to reimagine a new way of educating Irish students.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert: Here are the details of the new plan announced by the government
Teachers will provide an estimate of the percentage mark each student is likely to have achieved.
Minister announces Leaving Cert exams cancelled, all students to receive 'calculated grades'
Speculation that the exams would be cancelled has been growing since reports last night.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the current plan for the Leaving Cert is fair?
We’re expecting confirmation of what is planned for the Leaving Cert after 3pm today.
# Covid-19
Memo being brought to Cabinet as speculation about Leaving Cert cancellation mounts
However, concerns have been raised about the legality of predicted grades.
# Coronavirus
'Alternative assessment models' discussed at meeting about Leaving Cert plans
Most students want the exams to be cancelled, according to a new survey.
'We are the Class of Covid-19. Let us prove ourselves.' One Leaving Cert student welcomes the chance to sit the exams
Poppy Kane says despite the challenges, many students believe the exams give them a sense of control in an uncertain time.
# Exams
Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams cancelled - all students to get full marks
The decision was announced this morning by the Department of Education.
# gender breakdown
Junior Cert results: Girls continue to outperform boys across most subjects
The data shows girls received more A grades than boys in most subjects.
# Results are In
64,300 Junior Cert students get their results today - here's how they got on
Nineteen students secured 11 higher/common-level A grades and distinctions this year.
# cheat shot
71 students not given Leaving Cert results over fears they cheated in exams
Those suspected of cheating represent a tiny proportion of the 57,000 students who sat the exams this year.