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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.

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THE BODY responsible for administering the Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations has told students to be wary of people claiming to possess copies of this year’s exam papers.

The warning comes after a document purporting to be this year’s higher level Leaving Cert history paper – which is not due to be examined until tomorrow afternoon – appeared online.

The authentic-looking paper – which carries the State Examinations Commission’s logo and styling, as well as the traditional Times New Roman font styles – is circulating with a filename similar to those used on the SEC’s website for archived papers.

Crucially, however, the paper does not include the SEC’s title in block lettering at the top of the page – and also appears to recycle many of the questions that originally appeared on the equivalent paper in 2010.

Eagle-eyed readers would also have spotted another obvious hint of the paper’s dubious origins: it proclaims to be a paper for the ‘Leeving Certificate’, including a mis-spelling in the word ‘Leaving’.

“Each year the State Examinations Commission is aware of hoax claims of knowledge of the content of examination papers,” a spokeswoman said this morning, confirming the inauthenticity of the paper, and adding:

Candidates are advised to be wary of all sources which claim to have knowledge of the content of an examination paper in advance of its being given to students on the day of an examination.

Leaving Cert students are this morning sitting the second Irish paper at both ordinary and higher levels, as well as Arabic and Russian. This afternoon students taking Biology will sit the higher and ordinary level.

Read: Contingency papers arrive at schools for Leaving Cert Irish exams

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