Record number of students to sit honours maths
Record numbers of Leaving Certificate students will sit higher level maths when the annual examinations begin in 5,000 test centres around the country from Wednesday.
This is also the first year that all Junior Cert students will sit the new Project Maths syllabus, which was introduced to students on a phased basis in 2011.
In total, some 118,784 students are due to sit exams across both the Leaving and Junior Cert courses - a small increase on last year's total when 118,673 were registered to take the exams.
The number of final-year students taking higher level Leaving Cert maths has risen once again.
This is the fifth consecutive year-on-year increase and follows changes to the syllabus and structure of the exam, which now sees students who earn a D3 grade or higher awarded an additional 25 CAO points.
Some 18,173 have signed up for the higher level assessment, although around 2,000 students traditionally switch to ordinary level on the day.
But these figures still exceed last year's totals, with 17,065 candidates registered on the day to sit the higher exam and 14,326 actually sitting it in 2014.
In 2010, just 10,516 students were registered for the higher level maths paper.
With 30,543 candidates, more males will sit the Junior Cert, with 29,376 females due to sit the exams. However, more girls (28,245) than boys (27,718) will take on the Leaving Cert this year.
Slightly fewer Leaving Cert students will sit exams in non- curricular EU languages this year, with the number taking exams in Polish dipping from 750 last year to 693 entrants this year.
However, more students will sit the exams in Portuguese, Romanian and Lithuanian this time around, while 51 students will sit the Leaving Cert in Malta.
In addition, some 2,902 student will sit the Leaving Certificate applied set of exams.