AS SOME 116,845 Junior and Leaving Certificate students prepare for their first day of exams this morning we thought some soothing numbers might ease their stress about the English papers.
The 53,749 Leaving Certificate students, 2,853 Leaving Certificate Applied students and 60,243 Junior Certificate students will have these figures, provided by the State Examinations Commission, to contend with over the next two weeks:
13 – That’s how many days the exams will last, with Junior Certificate Students finishing a day earlier.
6,000 – The total number of examiners.
3.1 million – The amount of examination papers in boxes across the country right now.
38 million – The staggering number of A4 pages in those 3.1 million exam papers. A gold star to the person who can tell us how tall the paper tower would be if we piled them all up…
105 - The total number of curricular and non-curricular subjects.
15 – The number of non-curricular language subjects including Dutch, Ancient Greek and Bulgarian.
80,465 – The amount of oral tests that will take place over the next fortnight.
1.9 million – The number of test items including scripts, art and craftwork pieces, practical materials like wood, journals and portfolios.
1 million – The amount of individual grades that will be generated.
12,679 - That’s how many appeals the Examinations Commission is expecting.
14 August – The date Leaving Certificate students will get their results. Junior Certificate students will have to wait until mid-September.
If you’re taking the exams today, all of us here at TheJournal.ie wish you the best of luck.