Thursday 17 October 2019

Breathe a sigh of relief, that dreaded day is behind us all

Eboni Burke
Eboni Burke

Eboni Burke

Leaving Cert candidates can now breathe a little easier, as one of the toughest days is finally over.

We were dreading it for months; put yourself in our shoes - maths and Irish on the same day. I'm still not quite sure how I survived.

First up was Maths Paper 2. From the perspective of an ordinary level student, the maths paper was quite fair. The construction question was by far the easiest: we were asked to construct a triangle with a few specific angle instructions - a fantastic break between more challenging questions.

Then, two hours later, students had to brace themselves for the words: "Leigh anois go curamach ar do scrúdpháipéar, na treoracha agus na ceisteanna a ghabhann le Cuid A."

And with that began the aural section of the Irish Paper 1. For the most part, the accents were easy to understand, and the questions were lovely.

As for the essay writing, the topics ranged from the importance of music in the lives of young people, to climate change, getting a summer job in London and attending a concert, to name a few (in higher and ordinary level). I asked around in my year group to see how everyone got on, and it seems to be unanimous - the paper was "doable" overall.

Now it's time to put the head down and do some last-minute revision for today's Paper 2. To all the 6th year students out there reading, I say "go n-éirí leat!"

Irish Independent

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