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Fewer questions to be answered on Leaving Cert Exams


Posted by on 26/02/2021. Fewer questions to be answered on Leaving Cert ExamsTags: Parenting Teachers


The Department of Education have issued a 27 page 'Guide to State Examinations and Accredited Grades for Leaving Certificate 2021' to schools. The document provides further details of the exam and the accredited grades process and also advises schools against the holding of mock or pre-Leaving Certificate Exams.

The document also sets out further changes to try and reduce the impact on students who have had considerable disruption in school both this year and last year. The adjustments provide for the reducing of the number of questions that students will be required to answer in the examinations although the time dration of the exams will remain unchanged. Further subject-by-subject guidance in relation to these adjustments will be issued by the SEC in the week of 22 March.

The document also cnfirms that oral examinations in Irish and modern foreign languages will go ahead in schools over the period 26th March to 15th April but schools have been advised that the exams should be held outside normal tuition time including at weekends or during the Easter holidays. The oral exams will be recorded electronically in the schools under examination conditions and will be sent to the State Examinations Commission for marking.

The document also sets out three scenarios where SEC Accredited Grades will be provided as follows:

  • In addition to examinations: As far as possible, students will be provided with SEC Accredited Grades for all subjects for which they are entered in the Leaving Certificate examinations in 2021, provided that adequate evidence is available on which to base an SEC Accredited Grade.

  • To students who are unable to sit the examinations at the scheduled time: For example, some students may be at very high-risk from COVID-19; some students may be required to self-isolate and/or restrict their movements for all or part of the period of the examinations; or they may have a bereavement or other medically certified illness which prevents them from sitting the examinations. Having the SEC Accredited Grade will enable the student to receive a grade in such cases. There will be no opportunity to sit the 2021 examinations at a later date.

  • When it is not possible to take the examinations: It may not be possible to run the examinations in one or more examination centres because of COVID-19 related restrictions. In such cases, students will instead rely on an SEC Accredited Grade.

    The full state examiantions guide can be viewed on this link


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