Friday 23 August 2019

A recheck may result in a higher CAO offer

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A candidate can apply for a recheck of their exam results in as many subjects as they wish, if they feel a paper has been incorrectly marked or they have received the wrong grade.

It may result in an upgrade and even an offer for a higher choice course in September.

I strongly advise anyone considering an appeal, or appeals, to view the script, or scripts, first (see left). This allows them to make an informed decision as to whether a recheck is likely to change the outcome.

While there is no charge for viewing scripts, there is a fee of €40 for a recheck in a Leaving Certificate (Established) subject and €15.50 per subject in the case of a Leaving Certificate Applied subject. The fee will be refunded in the event of an upgrade.

Appeal applications must be submitted online, via the SEC's Candidate Self-Service Portal. Appeals have to be submitted before 5pm on August 22.

The results will be available online on a date to be confirmed in the week beginning September 16, in time for college registration. CAO offers arising from upgrades are due on September 20.

The appeal results are transmitted to the CAO electronically and if a candidate who receives an upgrade is found to have missed out on a place in a course as a result of not receiving the correct grade initially, they should receive an offer from the CAO. They should contact the college to discuss their situation.

Even though students are usually motivated to apply for a recheck as a result of narrowly missing out on a higher-preference CAO course, it is often the case that when a new offer comes as a result of an upgrade on appeal, the candidate decides to remain in the original course.

Last year, 5,197 of the 57,149 Leaving Cert candidates appealed against a total of 9,087 grades - it led to 1,453 upgrades.

Arising from the upgrades, the CAO issued 313 new Level 8 offers and 46 new Level 7/6 offers.

The appeals process can work both ways, and there is a possibility that a result will be downgraded, but these numbers are always very small. In 2018, there were only five downgrades.

That is not necessarily the end of the appeals process and anyone dissatisfied with the outcome may apply for a review of the decision with an opportunity to view the appealed scripts at the SEC offices in Athlone.

Irish Independent

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