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Exam round-up: Final flurry brings an end to Leaving Cert 2015

Sam Griffin

Published 20/06/2015 | 02:30

Students breathed a sigh of relief as exams in Technology, Religion, Applied Maths, Italian and Japanese brought Leaving Cert 2015 to a close
Students breathed a sigh of relief as exams in Technology, Religion, Applied Maths, Italian and Japanese brought Leaving Cert 2015 to a close

Students breathed a sigh of relief as exams in Technology, Religion, Applied Maths, Italian and Japanese brought Leaving Cert 2015 to a close.

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Teacher Michael Purcell, from Coláiste Einde in Salthill, Co Galway and a member of the ASTI, said the structure and layout of the religion exam was in keeping with previous years.

He said questions were "very open and fair, allowing students to draw on examples from their own study" at both higher and ordinary level.

In the Applied Maths exam, ASTI representative Christy Maginn, from St Declan's College, Cabra in Dublin 7, said the Higher Level Paper was a "refreshing blend of new style problems together with variations on more familiar themes".

"Students have said it was a fair test of interesting problems," he said.

"Overall, I believe it struck a good balance and was an honest assessment of students' capacity to select adapt, and apply their mathematical methods in a full range of situations."

He added the ordinary level was a "balanced and well designed" paper.

Students were kept busy until the end of the Technology exam and it was well received, according to teacher Fiona Byrne from Castleknock Community College and the TUI.

"The exam called for independent thought and the application of critical thinking skills," she said.

Self-driving cars, Rugby World Cup technologies and the Luas all featured.

Robbie Cronin, from Marian College in Dublin, said the Italian paper was "good and fair", with a written task on promote reading in cities and schools while a question in the ordinary paper was on winning concert tickets.

Irish Independent

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