Tuesday 6 December 2016

Leaving Certificate: How to apply for a recheck

Aoife Walsh

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

If a candidate believes that they have received an incorrect grade for any other reason they must go through the recheck procedure.
If a candidate believes that they have received an incorrect grade for any other reason they must go through the recheck procedure.

Candidates may request a recheck by completing a personalised form, which is available from their school. All elements of the exam will be reassessed according to the marking scheme.

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If, on viewing an exam script, a candidate notices a discrepancy between the mark and the grade they received, they should contact the school exam superintendent immediately. In some cases, such a discrepancy may be the result of an administrative error and does not need to go through the normal appeals procedures.

However, it is prudent also to appeal through normal procedures, in case the claim is turned down.

If a candidate believes that they have received an incorrect grade for any other reason they must go through the recheck procedure.

Candidates may request a recheck online or complete the appeal form that is available from the centre in which they sat their exams. There is a fee of €40 to recheck a Leaving Cert (established) subject and €15.50 for a Leaving Cert Applied subject, which must be paid in advance by bank giro or through an internet payment form.

Requests for rechecks must be received by the State Examinations Commission no later than Thursday, September 3. Therefore, candidates should return them to the school as early as possible so the principal can approve the appeal and forward them in good time.

Even if they are making an online request for a recheck, candidates should return a printed copy of the application to the school so any exam work being stored by the school can be returned to the examiner's office.

The results of rechecks will not be available until October, so applicants must make decisions around accepting courses without knowing the outcome. If, in October, it is found that they missed out on a place as a result of not receiving the correct grade initially, the CAO will issue an offer for a higher preference course for which they are deemed eligible.

Those who receive a new offer can ignore it, apply to the college for a deferral, or they can choose to accept the offer, but colleges may discourage them from doing so because of what they have already missed, or a lack of space.

There is the possibility that a candidate's grade will go down, so any decision to apply for a recheck should be considered carefully. In 2014, 5,447 candidates appealed 9,267 individual grades, resulting in 1,673 upgrades, and three downgrades.

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