Listening proves testing in aural paper
Some students reported that the listening in the junior cycle French aural was somewhat challenging, according to teacher Sonia McCarthy.
Ms McCarthy, a Teachers' Union of Ireland (TUI) subject representative, described the higher level comprehensions as "well-balanced" and said students well prepared in their vocabulary would have found them "accessible".
Ms McCarthy, of Coláiste Dún Iascaigh, Cahir, Co Tipperary, added that "all students were very happy with the written section and felt that they could adapt to the questions.
"The postcard question had a slightly different spin, but it was very manageable."
At ordinary level, she described the comprehensions as "very fair" while the written section "gave students plenty of opportunities to develop good answers".
In the afternoon, history candidates, at both higher and ordinary level, had a good spread of questions and topics, according to ASTI subject representative Philip Irwin of The High School, Rathgar, Dublin.