Over 1,500 students across Co Mayo will sit their first Leaving Cert exam today.
1,605 candidates in Mayo applied for accredited grades this year, while 1,424 are sitting the exams - the figures indicate that the majority of students in the county opted for both.
English Paper One is first up this morning, for both higher and ordinary level students.
An additional 107 students in Mayo are taking the Leaving Cert Applied.
Nationally, some 55,000 students are starting their Leaving Cert and Leaving Cert Applied exams today, with almost two-thirds intending to sit exams in 5 or more subjects.
Where students sit an exam and receive an accredited grade, they will be awarded whichever result is the higher.
Arrangements have been put in place to make exam settings as safe as possible, with desks at least 2 metres apart, while students, superintendents and other school personnel must wear face coverings at all times, and students will need to have their own pens, calculators etc.
Speaking with Midwest News, Julie O'Connor of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors has some last minute advice this morning for students heading into their first exam paper....