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# State Exams

Last month
August 2023
No date for junior cycle exam results, says Foley
The SEC said last year that a lack of examiners caused a delay in the release of results.
This year
Leaving Cert 2023: Don't worry if you feel overwhelmed ahead of the exams, you're not alone
Fiona O’Malley of Turn2Me mental health charity has lots of good advice for students and parents ahead of the exams tomorrow.
Last year
Over 67,000 Junior Cert students receive their results today - here's how they got on
The results come six months after students sat the exams.
Leaving and Junior Cert exams start today with over 130,000 students taking part
It marks the full return of traditional written exams following two years of Covid disruption.
Second-level students union says 'traditional' State exams can't go ahead
Two teachers unions – the ASTI and the TUI – said speculation that State exams would not be held as usual was “unhelpful”.
Leaving Cert 2022: Teaching unions hit out at 'unhelpful' speculation about hybrid model
Students had a choice last year whether to sit an exam or receive an accredited grade.
All time
'Traumatic' structure of the Leaving Cert 'can’t get any worse', says Ombudsman
Children’s Ombudsman Dr Niall Muldoon said reforms can’t make things worse than they are.
Leaving Cert 2022: Students will again have more exam choice due to Covid disruption
Additional choice was incorporated in Junior and Leaving Cert exams this year and will again next year.
Latest developments as Leaving Cert 2021 plan announced by minister
The Junior Certificate examinations have been cancelled, it has also been confirmed.
Leaving Cert students are to be given the option not to sit exams and instead apply for calculated grades
Oral and practical elements of the Leaving Certificate will also go ahead
The Junior Certificate has been cancelled
Explainer: What's happening with the Leaving Cert?
It’s been a chaotic 24 hours.
Over 2,000 Leaving Cert students who sat written exams to receive results today
Of the 4,925 grades being sent to students today, 40% were higher than their Calculated Grade results.
Leaving Cert alternatives under consideration but clarity to be given within the next few weeks, says Tánaiste
Alternatives to the Leaving Cert exam are being considered by the national advisory committee on the exams this afternoon.
Leaving Cert 2021: Survey and emails from 'stressed' students presented to State exam Advisory Group
A survey found that most Leaving Cert students wanted a choice between Calculated Grades or in-person exams.
Leaving Cert 2021: Students want a choice of written exam or Calculated Grades
73% of second-level students said they feel either very unsafe or unsafe at schools reopening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Alternative assessment models' discussed at meeting about Leaving Cert plans
Most students want the exams to be cancelled, according to a new survey.
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.
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.
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.
'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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
'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’.
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.
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.
FactCheck: Is 'exam weather' really an Irish climate phenomenon?’s FactCheck looks at whether students really do make the sun shine for everyone.
How a brain-like computer could be used to mark exams
It’s almost as accurate as a human.
"That's me!": Donegal student hears about himself during Irish listening exam
A great day for the parish…
Male students are getting better grades in higher level maths
More students have been opting to do the higher level paper in recent years.
Here's how students got on in the Leaving Cert
Pretty well. Fair play.
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.