Saturday 23 September 2017

Exams commission confirms errors on both Leaving and Junior Cert papers

ERRORS have been discovered on both Leaving and Junior Cert papers.

The State Examinations Commission  (SEC) has admitted that there was an error on today’s Leaving Certificate Maths Higher Level Paper 2.

The error, in Question 8, may have been a “cause of confusion for candidates” say exam chiefs who added it was “ regretted”.

The SEC said the impact of the error on candidates’ answering will be taken into account by the Chief Examiner when finalising the marking scheme for this examination

“The SEC operates within the core principle that candidates cannot be disadvantaged as a result of an error on an examination paper” a spokesperson said.

The marking scheme for the paper will, as usual, be published along with those in all other subjects after the issue of results in mid-August and  candidates have the option of appealing their results.

The Higher Level Math examination consists of two papers, with a combined total mark allocation of 600 marks.  Of these 600 marks, Question 8 on Paper 2 is worth 30 marks. 

This year 15,132 candidates were entered for the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths  exam. 

Meanwhile there was also an error on the Junior Cert Civic Social and Personal Education (CSPE) exam in a question which referred to the Referendum Commission.  It stated that the commission had the job of presenting both sides of a proposed change to the Constitution, which it has not had since 2001.

The SEC said the paper’s errors will be taken into account when the papers are being marked. 

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