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Monday 22 September 2014

Appealing your results – when, how and who

Aoife Walsh

Published 29/08/2013 | 05:00

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NOW that the CAO second-round offers are in, many students will have a better idea of whether or not they would like to proceed with rechecks and view exam scripts.

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The requested script(s) are sent to the school where a candidate sat the Leaving Cert and will be available to view tomorrow or Saturday. Students are assigned a time to view the script(s), which may be tomorrow evening, Saturday morning or Saturday evening. It is not possible for someone to view a paper on behalf of the candidate, so it is essential students make themselves available during the assigned time.

A student may be accompanied by another person and most opt to bring a parent or a teacher. It should be someone who understands the course and the marking of the subject. For this reason, a student may prefer to ask a subject teacher. They are usually good enough to give up their time. It does not necessarily need to be the student's own teacher.

It is not possible to view any oral work, but this will be remarked if a student appeals a result. If the student chooses to appeal, often referred to as a recheck, the paper and any other elements, for example practical or oral work, will be completely remarked by a different examiner using the same marking scheme as before. This may result in a higher grade or the grade staying the same. A downgrade is possible, but this happens rarely. An appeal will cost €40 for Leaving Cert and €15.50 for Leaving Cert Applied.

All appeals must be with the State Examinations Commission by Wednesday, September 4. Applications should be returned to the school no later than the morning of Monday, September 2.

Students should check this with the school in good time. Results are issued in mid-October.

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