Going to College: Register online with SEC now to avoid hassle in August
I'm sure Leaving Cert candidates are looking forward to leaving everything school-related far behind. There is, however, one essential task, about which candidates may not even be aware, but which needs immediate attention.
The schedule for the issuing of results, CAO offers, viewing of scripts and appeal applications and outcomes has been compacted this year. This will mean that the results of the Leaving Cert appeals will be available three weeks earlier than in previous years. For those who are successful in their appeal and for whom that translates into a new offer, it means that such offers can be issued earlier than in previous years.
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This is a welcome development, which will allow students who receive a new offer on the back of an appeal to enrol in their course earlier, thus minimising any difficulties with registration, transition to third level and any impacts on learning. In order to achieve this new timetable, the State Examinations Commission (SEC) has introduced a number of changes to their processes and arrangements.
The changes include a requirement on all candidates to register in advance for an online account with the SEC so they have access to all relevant SEC services in August: access to Leaving Cert results, an application to view any script, the viewing of scripts marked online (maths, biology, chemistry, physics, LCVP and politics & society), an appeal application and access to appeal results.
The SEC has advised that the rate of registration is currently very low. Candidates who fail to register in advance of the results being issued may experience some difficulties if they attempt to do so at the last minute. Therefore, registering to view results should be every candidate's last task of the school year.
To register, candidates need their PIN letter from the SEC, an email address and a mobile phone number.
Every student should have been issued with their personal PIN letter in mid-May, as well as a candidate information leaflet. If anything has been misplaced, candidates should contact their school.
In order to register, students should go to the candidate self-service portal on examinations.ie using their PIN and exam number. They will also be required to enter contact details, including mobile number and email address and to create a password.
Leaving Cert results will be issued on Tuesday, August 13. They will be available from the school that morning (check with your own school for specific times) and through the SEC self service portal from 10am.
An application to view scripts must be made between 9am Wednesday, August 14, and 5pm Friday, August 16. This can now only be done online. I recommend that all candidates view their scripts if they are in any way unhappy with a result, and complete an AP1 form at the viewing if they intend to appeal their result.
Exam scripts that have been marked on paper can be viewed in school during three sessions on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21. Exam scripts that have been marked online can be viewed online during these dates. Candidates will have a timed three-hour session.
Appeals may be made online only. Candidates can apply for an appeal between 5pm August 16 and 5pm Thursday, August 22. There is a fee of €40 per subject.
This is the final column of the academic year. Good luck!
Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor at Malahide Community School, Co Dublin