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#State Exams

# state-exams - Thursday 3 September, 2020

The Explainer: Leaving Cert results are out on Monday - here's how it'll work

We take a look at how the calculated grades system will work.

# state-exams - Wednesday 26 August, 2020

Postponed Leaving Certificate written exams will start on 16 November

These are for those who couldn’t get access to Calculated Grades, who opted for written exams, or who wish to appeal the Calculated Grade they received.

# state-exams - Monday 17 August, 2020

Northern Ireland GCSE students will now be awarded teachers' grades without standardisation

This comes after accusations of inequality over the calculated A-level results, which were issued to students last Thursday.

# state-exams - Saturday 15 August, 2020

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.

# state-exams - Wednesday 27 May, 2020

Over 48,000 Leaving Cert students have registered for Calculated Grades system

That leaves around 13,000 Leaving Cert students who have not yet registered.

# state-exams - Sunday 10 May, 2020

Poll: Should Leaving Cert students be awarded full marks for oral and practical exams? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Leaving Cert students be awarded full marks for oral and practical exams?

The main teachers’ union the ASTI called for that measure today.

# state-exams - Saturday 9 May, 2020

Here's the score: What we know about marks, grades and appeals in the Leaving Cert 'Plan C'

There has been a lot of concerns about bright students in schools with poor Leaving Cert track records suffering under these rules.

Why was the 29 July date cancelled? When will results be out? Questions about the new Leaving Cert plan answered

Here’s the detail and practicalities of what’s been decided.

# state-exams - Wednesday 6 May, 2020

'Alternative assessment models' discussed at meeting about Leaving Cert plans

Most students want the exams to be cancelled, according to a new survey.

# state-exams - Saturday 2 May, 2020

Fianna Fáil says the time has come to cancel the Leaving Cert

The party’s education spokesperson says the uncertainty is causing stress for students and parents.

# state-exams - Wednesday 29 April, 2020

Junior Cert students to receive 'certificates of completion' from State and written report from school

Plans to hold a school-based version of the Junior Cert in the autumn have been cancelled.

# state-exams - Thursday 23 April, 2020

Majority of parents surveyed opposed to July/August start for Leaving Cert

29 July has been pencilled in as the most likely date by which the Leaving Cert would start.

# state-exams - Wednesday 22 April, 2020

'It's not realistic or viable' to hold Leaving Cert practical exams in current timeframe

Students with oral exams and music practicals have been awarded full marks – but other practical exams are to still go ahead.

# state-exams - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

'We're not the ones making that decision': Tony Holohan refuses to be drawn on whether Leaving Cert will happen

The Leaving Cert has been postponed from its usual June period to late July or early August.

# state-exams - Wednesday 8 April, 2020

Education minister to give clarity on Leaving and Junior Cert exams in coming days

The National Public Health Emergency Team is due to meet on Friday.

# state-exams - Friday 3 April, 2020

France cancels traditional end of secondary school exams in favour of continuous assessment

The ‘bac’ has been a rite of passage for French students since it was introduced by Napoleon in 1808.

# state-exams - Friday 31 May, 2019

Bereaved students will be allowed sit alternative Leaving Cert paper in July under new rules

Earlier this year, a student spoke on the radio about having to sit her Leaving Cert a day after her mother died.

# state-exams - Tuesday 14 May, 2019

'The computer is not marking any work': Exams commission confirms examiners will mark exams

The SEC said reports that some subjects would be marked using computers were ‘misleading’.

# state-exams - Friday 18 January, 2019

Minister wants to change system after student had to sit Leaving Cert exam the day after her mother died

Rhona Butler said the current process is not fair on the student, family or school involved.

# state-exams - Wednesday 6 June, 2018

D-Day for the nation's secondary school students as the Leaving and Junior Cert gets under way

Over 120,000 students around the country will begin their exams today.

# state-exams - Sunday 3 June, 2018

FactCheck: Is 'exam weather' really an Irish climate phenomenon?’s FactCheck looks at whether students really do make the sun shine for everyone.

# state-exams - Saturday 13 January, 2018

How a brain-like computer could be used to mark exams

It’s almost as accurate as a human.

# state-exams - Wednesday 15 June, 2016

"That's me!": Donegal student hears about himself during Irish listening exam

A great day for the parish…

# state-exams - Thursday 28 April, 2016

Male students are getting better grades in higher level maths

More students have been opting to do the higher level paper in recent years.

# state-exams - Wednesday 12 August, 2015

Here's how students got on in the Leaving Cert

Pretty well. Fair play.

# state-exams - Thursday 2 July, 2015

Investigation underway after examiner pictured correcting Leaving Cert paper on a train

The woman was pictured appearing to correct the higher level history paper on Tuesday.

# state-exams - Friday 5 June, 2015

From The Daily Edge 16 ways this year's Junior and Leaving Certs are the funniest f**kers Brenda And The Wasp

16 ways this year's Junior and Leaving Certs are the funniest f**kers

We all need a laugh at this difficult time.

# state-exams - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

In numbers: The Leaving Certificate results

Which subject had the highest failure rate? Which one had the most amount of As?

Poll: Were you happy with your Leaving Cert results? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Were you happy with your Leaving Cert results?

Did you scream with joy, have a little cry, or let out a loud “meh”?

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”.

# state-exams - Monday 11 August, 2014

Poll: Is the CAO points system fair? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is the CAO points system fair?

Further proposals for a revamp of the Leaving Certificate have been reported this morning.

# state-exams - Saturday 7 June, 2014

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.

# state-exams - Wednesday 4 June, 2014

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.

From The Daily Edge #BeGrand trends in Ireland as country tells students it will all be ok 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.

# state-exams - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

From The Daily Edge 11 Leaving Cert fears that will never, ever leave you Log Books

11 Leaving Cert fears that will never, ever leave you

Leigh anois go curamach…

# state-exams - Sunday 16 March, 2014

Oops! There was a mistake in last year's Junior Cert science paper...and engineers are not happy Exclusive

The State Examiner admitted the incorrect photo was used in the Physics section, but said it had no affect on students’ answers.

# state-exams - Sunday 18 August, 2013

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.

# state-exams - Friday 16 August, 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.

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