Taking rough with smooth as students sit 'fair' exam

LC Accounting

Katherine Donnelly

Published 17/06/2014|02:30

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Leaving cert students Anna Conlon, Milltown and Sorcha O'Loughlin, Rathgar at Loreto College after finishing their Accountancy exam.

HIGHER level candidates may have been surprised with the part of a question that required them to sketch a graph of a break-even point.

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The question asked for a "rough sketch" but Peter Quinn of the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI) wondered "how rough is rough" .

Mr Quinn, of St Flannan's College, Ennis, Co Clare, said students would like to know how many marks would be awarded for it.

John O'Sullivan, of Ashton School, Cork, and the Teachers' Union of Ireland (ASTI), thought the need to draw a break-even chart might have unsettled some students.

Question 8 also covered both marginal and absorption costing, and Mr O'Sullivan said that while marginal costing was predicted, the combination with absorption costing might not have made it an attractive question.

Katherine Bell, of Yeats College, Galway, and Ray O'Loughlin at the Institute of Education agreed that it was "fair". Mr O'Loughlin thought it a good test of a student's financial and management accounting skills.

Mr O'Sullivan said the ordinary level paper had a good selection of questions.

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