Junior Cert

  • Almost 121,000 Junior Cert and Leaving Cert students are due to begin their exams tomorrow  in 5,000 test centres across the country.

    The proportion of Leaving Cert students taking on higher level subjects has climbed to a new high.

    Among Leaving Cert maths candidates, a record 37 per cent have registered at higher level to sit the more challenging paper, up from about 20 per cent in 2011.

    The increase follows the introduction of bonus points for higher level maths in recent years, along with wider changes to the CAO points system.

    There are also increases in the proportion of students who have applied to sit higher level exams in the Leaving Cert for many other subjects.

    For example, just over half of students have opted for higher level Irish for the first time, while almost three-quarters of those sitting English have opted to take on the more challenging paper.

    Official figures compiled by the State Examinations Commission show a total of just under 55,770 are due to sit the Leaving Cert, a figure similar to last year.

    The numbers taking the Leaving Cert applied programme are continuing to drop, with 2,744 students due to take it this year.

    At Junior Cert level, almost 62,000 students are due to sit the exam, a similar figure to last year.

  • As the Junior and Leaving cert exams get underway today , a record 37 percent of students have registered to sit higher level maths.

    That's up from around 20 percent in 2011 following the introduction of bonus points for the more challenging paper.

    Around 121 thousand pupils are sitting exams in 5 thousand test centres around the country.

    Deputy Director of SpunOut.ie, Jack Deacon, says students shouldn't put too much pressure on themselves, advising that there are many pathways to careers.

  • Over 62 thousand students will find out their Junior Cert results when they're released later this morning.

    The numbers sitting this year's exams increased slightly on 2017.

    47 pupils achieved 11 A grades for all subjects.

    Results will be available at schools around the country or online from 4 o'clock.