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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Exam queries: ask the expert

Published 23/08/2013 | 05:00

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Q What happens if I make a successful appeal and now have enough points for the course for which I narrowly missed out in the first round?

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A It is not necessary to view your exam scripts in order to appeal a result, but it is free and is often a good idea.

Ask a teacher or someone who is familiar with marking to accompany you. If there is a possibility that the paper was undermarked you may apply for a recheck. The fee for this is €40 per subject.

If a student is awarded an upgrade and as a result now meets the minimum cut-off point for a course they were not offered, they are then entitled to an offer. The State Examinations Commission (SEC) will contact the CAO to inform them you have received an upgrade and the CAO will contact you about any possible changes to your offers.

Most institutions will offer you a place for this year, but some colleges may suggest deferring the place until next year due to class sizes and resources.

As the results of the rechecks will not be available until mid-October, it is likely that the student will have missed a number of weeks of college.

They may also have organised accommodation, or paid fess in the cases of a private college, not to mention met new friends and settled into the course they are pursuing. The student will have the choice to take up the new offer or stay with the courses they have already begun.

Last year, out of a total of 8,782 appeals, 1,672 were successful, an average of around 20pc. Three grades were downgraded. The deadline to lodge an appeal with the SEC is September 4.

Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor

Irish Independent

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