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State Examinations Information

Changes Announced in Answerbooks for State Exams 2019

Below is a copy of a circular (S51/19) received from the SEC outlining significant changes to the answer booklets being used in LC Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as well as JC Business, Science, French and English.
These changes have to do with the move to online marking and will apply to ALL subjects by 2022.
To summarise the main points:
1. Scripts corrected online require students to work ONLY in black/blue pens or pencil. No gel pens to be used either.
2. Supplementary paper should not be required as the new booklets will have ample space for any answers. Paper will, however, still be made available.
3. Students must contain all of their answers inside the spaces provided. Work outside the space may not scan correctly.
4. Students must start each question on a new page and may only write the question number in the space provided.
5. Some subjects (Phys/Chem/Bio) will have a common booklet and this requires students to shade sections on the front to indicate subject/level/language. See 2nd attached.
6. Graph paper, where needed, will be integrated into the booklet. No pages will be needed.
There are other less significant changes to booklet covers and the re-check system and some which only apply to particular subjects (eg Biology) but please read the entire circular.

Examination Timetables

Leaving Cert Timetable 2019

LCA Timetable 2019

Junior Cycle Timetable 2019

Junior Cycle CBA Windows 2018-19

2nd Year CBA Windows 2018-19

2nd year CBA windows 2018-19


3rd Year CBA Windows 2018-19

3rd year CBA windows 2018-19

 *These windows were extended by the State Examinations Commissions in a circular at the end of 2018.

Assessment in the New Junior Cycle

The new grade system for Junior Cycle written exams is as given below.  As the New Junior Cycle is phased in students will have a mixture of ‘old’ (Junior Certificate) and ‘new’ (Junior Cycle) grades on their JCPA.

New Grades Junior Cycle

Junior Certificate Classroom Based Assessments

Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their learning and skills in ways not possible in a pen and paper examination, for example, their verbal communication and investigation skills. CBAs will be undertaken in subjects and short courses and will be facilitated by the classroom teacher. They will be undertaken during a defined time period within normal class contact time and to a national timetable. Students will complete one CBA in second year and one in third year in most subjects.

CBAs will be reported on in the JCPA using the following descriptors:

Exceptional describes a piece of work that reflects all of the Features of Quality for the Classroom Based Assessment to a very high standard. While not necessarily perfect, the strengths of the work far outstrip its flaws, which are minor. Suggestions for improvement are easily addressable by the student.

Above Expectations
Above expectations describes a piece of work that reflects the Features of Quality for the Classroom Based Assessment very well. The student shows a clear appreciation of purpose and register, and the work is praised for its consistency. Feedback from the teacher might point to the necessity to address some aspect of the work in need of further attention or polishing, but, on the whole the work is of a high standard.

In Line with Expectations
In line with expectations describes a piece of work that reflects most of the Features of Quality for the Classroom-Based Assessment well. It shows a good understanding of the task in hand and is free from significant error. Feedback might point to areas needing further attention or correction, but the work is generally competent and accurate.

Yet to Meet Expectations
Yet to meet expectations describes a piece of work that falls someway short of the demands of the Classroom-Based Assessment and its associated Features of Quality. Perhaps the student has made a good attempt, but the task has not been grasped clearly or is marred by significant lapses. Feedback will draw attention to fundamental errors that need to be addressed.