Thursday 8 December 2016

Leaving Certificate: Why it's worth going in to view your exam scripts

It is a good idea to bring a teacher with you

Aoife Walsh

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

If the grade on the paper is not the same as the grade received on the results certificate, the student should contact the school principal or the teacher in the school responsible for State exams.
If the grade on the paper is not the same as the grade received on the results certificate, the student should contact the school principal or the teacher in the school responsible for State exams.

The main reason why a Leaving Certificate candidate may choose to view a script is because they are dissatisfied with their result in a particular paper. Students may view as many of their exam scripts as they choose, and for no fee.

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While a student may apply for a recheck of a grade without having viewed the script, it can be a very useful exercise because it affords an opportunity to see where marks have been awarded, and lost. In this way, it helps students to make an informed decision about whether to appeal the result.

This can be particularly useful if a student is slightly off the minimum grade to meet an entry requirement, or a small number of points short of a CAO cut-off for a course of choice.

When students receive their results at school they also receive a personalised form that may be used to apply for permission to view scripts. This should be completed and returned to the centre where their exams were taken, no later than Tuesday, August 18.

The written and aural component of the exam will then be made available on either the evening of Friday, August 28 or the morning or afternoon of Saturday, August 29. Students will be informed as to which session they should attend.

While the practical and oral components of any subjects will not be available to view, they will be rechecked if the candidate decides to proceed with an appeal.

If a student chooses to view a script there are a number of things for which they should look out.

Firstly, they should check that all pages have been marked in full. Unfortunately, sometimes an examiner accidentally misses sections, or pages, of a paper. Secondly, the student should add up all the marks that have been awarded and check that the totals have been added up correctly.

If the grade on the paper is not the same as the grade received on the results certificate, the student should contact the school principal or the teacher in the school responsible for State exams.

This is likely to be an administrative mistake and can be dealt with immediately without having to go through the normal appeals process. The State Examinations Commission will contact the CAO and notify them of the change.

It is not possible for another person to view scripts on behalf of a candidate although the student may bring one other person with them.

Many students ask a parent or teacher to accompany them and it is very helpful to have someone who understands the course and the marking scheme. It is usually best to ask a teacher of the subject although it does not have to be the student's own teacher.

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