Saturday 3 December 2016

Half of CAO applicants change mind about college course choices

Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30

Students should not change their preferences based on how they think they did in the exams
Students should not change their preferences based on how they think they did in the exams

About half of this year's CAO applicants have changed their mind about their college course choices.

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Applicants have until have until 5.15pm today to add to, remove or change the order of their chosen courses.

By late yesterday, about 37,000 of the record 79,229 applicants had submitted a change of mind, a figure that is likely to increase by close of business today.

The proportion of students rethinking their options is in line with experience in other years, which generally results in about half of applicants vary their choices.

Many Leaving Certificate candidates change after they finish the exams, although the CAO and guidance counsellors urge students to think carefully about introducing new courses or changing the order of preference.

CAO communications officer Eileen Keleghan said every year they experienced a surge in last-minute amendments to applications, due to a number of factors, such as more time spent researching courses and the introduction of new areas of interest.

But she advised applicants to avoid making changes to their order of preference or course choices based on how they feel they have performed in the Leaving Certificate.

"If applicants simply follow the golden rule of placing all of their courses in their genuine order of preference they will be offered the course highest up on their preference list to which they are deemed entitled, if any" she said.

CAO Round One offers will issue on Monday, August 17.

Irish Independent

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