Less clutter, gimmicks, but experiments 'confusing'
Overall, a very grounded paper with no gimmicks - this was how teacher John Conneely described the Junior Certificate higher level Science exam.
There was a good range of questions, including some challenging ones for the more able students, said Mr Conneely, a subject representative for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and St Flannan's College, Ennis, Co Clare.
David Duffy, of the Teachers Union of Ireland (TUI), described both the higher and ordinary level papers as "fair" and said the "less cluttered layout will be welcomed by students".
He said the most difficult part of both papers arose from experiments. While students were encouraged to do these experiments they were not mandatory, which may have "confused some".