'Challenging questions' but students happy
Teacher Elaine Devlin described the questions on the Junior Cert Maths higher level Paper 1 as "well-led".
She said students "were given an example of what to do" and then told "now do it".
Ms Devlin, an ASTI subject representative and teacher at De La Salle Secondary School, Dundalk, said the students she spoke to were happy. She regarded Question 14 as a one of the more challenging questions.
Eamonn Toland, of themathstutor.ie, regarded it "a challenging paper with many wordy questions and some testing scenarios". He said "interpretive, literacy and analytical skills should be highly rewarded".
Mr Toland said the opening question on quadratic patterns could have been quite testing for some, while he described Question 6 as "long and challenging".
According to Ms Devlin, ordinary level students had a "predictable" paper.
Earlier, Junior Cert geography candidates had a straightforward start to the day.
Luke Saunders, of Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Enniscrone, Co Sligo and studyclix.ie, said the higher level paper didn't deviate far from the usual pattern, while ordinary level had several questions that had appeared regularly over previous years.
He said students familiar with the recent eruption of Guatemala's Volcán de Fuego would have had an advantage on Question 2, which asked for the name of an active volcano and to describe one positive and negative effect of volcanoes.