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In numbers: The Leaving Cert results

The hard work is over, now it’s time to find out how everyone did.

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THE DAY HAS arrived for tens of thousand of young people – and a few older ones – across the country.

Heads in the books, they worked hard, stressed at length and got through their Leaving Certificate exams over the two weeks earlier this summer. Now it is time for them to find out how they did.

Some 57,929 students sat the exams. Most sat the traditional Leaving Cert while 28% followed the vocational programme and a further 5% did the Leaving Cert Applied, or LCA.

From this morning students will be able to collect their results from their former schools or check them on the State Examinations Commission’s website from noon.

It will be a day of numbers for these young people, so let’s look at how the exams themselves shaped up in numbers this year:

Leaving Cert results in numbers:

57,929 – The total number of students who sat the Leaving Cert this year, up 1.6% on 2014.

27, 825 – The number of female students who sat the traditional Leaving Cert.

27, 220 – The number of male  students who sat the traditional Leaving Cert.

537 – the number of LCA students who got distinctions.

247 – The number of students who took the Lithuanian exam, making it the second most popular non-curricular EU language after Polish.

15 – The number of students who sat either Modern Greek, Danish, Finnish, Swedish or Estonian. A breakdown of each was unfortunately not provided.

1,670 – The number of students who were repeating the exams.

5.1 – The percentage of students who sat Higher Level Maths who got an A1.

1 – The number of students who got 9 A1s.

9 – The number of students who got 8 A1s.

14.8 – The percentage of students who sat Ordinary Level Arabic who failed. That’s the highest proportion of failures in any paper.

14,045 – The number of students who sat the Leaving Cert in Dublin, the county with the most LC students.

388* – The number of students who sat the Leaving Cert in Leitrim, the county with the least LC students.

38 – The number of students who sat the exam in Libya, where it has been offered at just one school there since 1997.

*Clarification: an 8 went missing in the first version of this piece. 388, not 38, students sat the Leaving Cert in Leitrim.

We at TheJournal.ie would like to wish everyone getting their results today the very best of luck. Let us know how you got on!. 

Read: ‘I had to run and jump for one of those embarrassing photos’: Memories of Leaving Cert results day>

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