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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# State Exams

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# class of 2014
Photos: Leaving Cert students collect their results and warm the cockles of our hearts
# Your Say
Poll: Were you happy with your Leaving Cert results?
Did you scream with joy, have a little cry, or let out a loud “meh”?
# Results Day
Not happy with your Leaving Cert results? Here's some useful advice
“Regardless of what results lie in that envelope, remember all the dedication and hard work you put in”.
# Your Say
Poll: Is the CAO points system fair?
Further proposals for a revamp of the Leaving Certificate have been reported this morning.
# Prime Numbers
In numbers: The Leaving and Junior Certificate exams
How many A4 pages will be used? How many people set the tests? How many subjects are being examined? SO MANY QUESTIONS.
# Keano
Interesting people, influence and Roy Keane: how day one of the Leaving Certificate went
The papers were called “comfortable”, but a Home Economics question on soup raised eyebrows.
# exam time
#BeGrand trends in Ireland as country tells students it will all be ok
It’s not the end of the world. Honestly.
Opinion: The State exams start today – but don't let stress get you down
Stress and pressure are, unfortunately, part and parcel of exams. But there are also simple ways to keep calm and perform well.
# log books
11 Leaving Cert fears that will never, ever leave you
Leigh anois go curamach…
# Dumbing down
Oops! There was a mistake in last year's Junior Cert science paper...and engineers are not happy
The State Examiner admitted the incorrect photo was used in the Physics section, but said it had no affect on students’ answers.
# Points Race
Explainer: A beginner’s guide to the CAO Points system
Some of your loved ones might be awaiting a college offer – through a system that mightn’t make sense to many. Here’s our crash course.
# leaving cert 2013
Fifty students suspected of cheating in the Leaving Cert this year
The exam scripts were held back with a further 25 ‘provisionally withheld pending communication’ with students.
# Pipe down
9 adults who are being exceptionally unhelpful about the Leaving Cert
“It doesn’t matter”… “I did crap and look at me”… KEEP IT TO YOURSELVES!
# State Exams
The results are out: How students got on with the Leaving Certificate
There has been a sharp rise in the number of students sitting Higher Level Maths – and the percentage of them getting the top grades.
# Leaving Cert
Quinn demands investigation into Leaving Cert Maths mistakes
The minister says the SEC has two jobs now: to ensure no student suffers as a result of the error, and to stop it recurring.
# Oops
Explainer: Here's the problem with the Leaving Cert honours maths paper
Warning: the following article contains trigonometry.
# State Exams
Marking of Leaving Cert Maths papers 'will reflect time lost by students'
Science minister Sean Sherlock believes the State Examinations Commission will ensure no student loses out over the error.
# Oops
Errors discovered in Leaving Cert Maths and Junior Cert CSPE papers
The English version of a Maths question mistakenly inserted an extra number – which meant two answers are possible.
# more paper please
8 things that go through your head during school exams
“Only 2 hours, 46 minutes until it’s over”
# memory lane
Open thread: What did you miss during your Junior/Leaving Cert?
We really hate it when sport and state exams clash.
# Exams
Students urged to sleep and eat well as State exams kick off
The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals given a list of tips to help students perform well during exam time.
# State Exams
Formal Junior Cert exams abolished under new system
Reforms announced by Ruairí Quinn this afternoon replace terminal exams with continual assessment – with the terminal exams scrapped altogether by 2020.
# Battle of the Sexes
Junior Cert results: Girls outperform boys in 20 out of 23 subjects
Only the stereotypically male strongholds of Maths and Metalwork see boys have a higher proportion of A grades than girls.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think Leaving Certificate results are important?
Almost 56,000 students will be getting their results today – but do Leaving Cert results affect your future?
# Congratulations
'You deserve to celebrate your achievements' - Minister congratulates LC students
Leaving Cert results are being issued to over 55,800 students around Ireland today.
# Leaving Cert
Need advice on your Leaving Cert results?
Guidance counsellors will be manning the 2012 Exam Helpline to provide information for students, parents and teachers.
# State Exams
FG youth wing says teachers should be forced to correct State exams
Delegates to Young Fine Gael’s summer school pass a motion saying teachers’ summers should be spent correcting papers.
# State Exams
Exams body warns students against hoax 'leaks' after History paper surfaces online
A version of tomorrow’s Leaving Cert honours History paper has appeared online – but the SEC says it’s not the real deal.
# Leaving Cert
Secondary school students call for increased security after Leaving Cert breach
CDs for the Leaving Cert Irish exam were inadvertently played at some Junior Cert exam papers yesterday. The Department of Education says an investigation is underway.
# Leaving Cert
Leaving Cert students asked to reflect during 'challenging' English exam
The theme for today’s higher level paper was Memories.
# Leaving Cert
Good luck! Leaving and Junior Cert students begin exams this morning
Stress tests have a different meaning today for more than 116,000 third and sixth year students.
# State Exams
Message to Leaving Cert students: get to your exams on time
Those attending Dublin exam centres have also been warned about delays because of the Olympic Torch relay event.
# Leaving Cert
Fewer students to sit this year's Leaving Cert
Over 50,000 students, 13 days, 3.1 million exam papers, 105 subjects. Shudder.
# Pass Notes
Fancy some free Leaving Cert notes?
A notice posted on is offering free notes for several Leaving Cert subjects.
# Junior Cert
Junior Cert to be significantly changed under new scheme
Minister of Education gives his approval to NCCA’s proposals to change the focus of the Junior Cert from rote learning and state exams.
# Exams
Teachers welcome delay in changes to Junior Cert
Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said the introduction of a limit on subjects for Junior Cert students will not be rolled out until 2014.
# Exams
Calls for marking state exams to be part of teachers' jobs
Teachers who choose to mark exam papers during the summer are paid extra on top of their salaries. There are calls for the bonus payments system to be reviewed.
# Junior Cert
Junior Cert cut to eight subjects under new government plan
Students will be limited to eight exam subjects so that they have more time to devote to literacy and numeracy skills.
# State Exams
Day 3: Exam students tackle Geography and Maths papers
Students in the Leaving and Junior Cert will both face papers on Maths and Geography today ahead of a welcomed weekend.