Students kick off day one
The Junior and Leaving Cert exams got off to a flying start yesterday with no nasty surprises to catch students off guard.
Many Leaving Cert pupils who braved English paper 1 at higher level felt the exam involved a lot of creative thinking.
Those who did ordinary level felt it was the "most student friendly paper in years".
Students from Kildare Town Community School said they were largely pleased with how their first exam went.
"It was easier than I expected, but I didn't like how much you had to write," said Sean Curtis (17).
"It wasn't really the type of exam you had to study for, but I had a previous essay in my head that I worked into it.
"I'm just glad the first exam is over and done with," he said.
Caoimhe Daly (17) said she didn't like the choice of essay options.
"I was happy enough with how it went, but the essay options weren't great. There was a question where you had to write a story involving a tattoo and one where you had to write a speech on democracy. I found this a bit tricky," she said.
English paper 2 lies in store today for both levels. Rachel Flavin (18) said she still has a "good bit of studying" left to do.