Friday 28 October 2016

A very manageable Leaving Certificate Maths Ordinary Level Paper 2

Published 13/06/2016 | 13:27

Leaving Cert 2016
Leaving Cert 2016

Most students would have found the Leaving Certificate Maths Ordinary  Level Paper 2 accessible, although a big surprise was the absence of  inferential statistics, according to Eamonn Toland of

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Mr Toland said there “was a lot of confusion among teachers and students about this topic and maybe the State Examinations Commission  picked up on this and played it safe.

“In fact there was very little statistics at all - only one short question and a single part of a longer question so students that spent a lot of time on that topic might be disappointed.”

But Mr Toland said apart from that there were few surprises and most students would have found that paper very accessible: “Certainly the coordinate geometry questions were quite easy as was the question on geometric constructions.

Jean Kelly, a teacher at The Institute of Education, described it as a “very  manageable exam. Weaker students will be relieved and would have found the paper very accessible.”

She said the appearance of financial maths on Paper 2 showed  that, “once again, there is a lovely cross-over of topics between the two papers.”

Ms Kelly said the construction asked in Question 6 was one that students would have learnt for the Junior Cert and thoughty it “quite surprising that a Leaving Cert construction was not asked”.


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