Thursday 21 September 2017

Top marks for design, layout and clarity

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

TEACHERS and students were full of praise for the Leaving Certificate Applied Maths Higher Level papers.

Declan Maginn, of the ASTI and St Declan's College, Cabra, Dublin, said "the paper was very much to be welcomed for its design, layout, clarity of the questions and the opportunity afforded to students to progress even where they stumbled".

He said it showed "a continuing excellent trend by the authors of these papers".

Traditionally, applied maths is regarded as one of the toughest subjects, but Mr Maginn said it was "a shame that not enough students do it, but it is not for want of a very fair, open and friendly paper".

Aidan Roantree, of the Institute of Education, described it as "a nice way for many of them to complete their Leaving Certificate". Mr Maginn said while the paper presented challenges, students who were reasonably well prepared could comfortably complete the four questions and have a foundation under their belt.

One of the new features in recent years has been the quality of the diagrams and there were nine this year, which was really helpful to students, particularly the innovative graphic in question 5. Mr Maginn said question 6 had been suspect in previous years but this year it was back to a familiar style. Question 7 had in-built challenges, but students wouldn't normally take it. He thought question 10 was good.

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