Saturday 17 March 2018

Leaving Cert students give their verdict on 'surprising' Maths and Irish papers

Leaving Cert 2016
Leaving Cert 2016

Meadhbh McGrath

After a challenging Maths Higher Level paper yesterday, Leaving Cert students faced more surprises today in the second Irish paper.

Maths Paper 2 caused concern among pupils from Loreto on the Green, who expressed disappointment that the exam was missing familiar theorems.

Instead, the paper asked a question about ‘cotan’, one of the more obscure concepts in the maths tables.

“I was really disappointed that the things I had prepared for didn’t come up,” one student said.

“It was nothing like the previous papers,” she continued, noting that she hoped the marking scheme would work in students’ favour.

“I definitely thought it was a lot harder than Maths Paper 1. There was no theorem, which was weird, and everyone found the construction quite hard, that was a bit of a curveball,” another added.

There were more surprises ahead in a “very strange” Irish Higher Level Paper 2 that contained a prose question based on a text many students hadn’t anticipated.

“It was quite unexpected, everyone expected An Gnathrud to come up and both the set drama and the set poem were ones no one expected, so it kind of threw you off,” one student said.

“At this point, we just want to get through, keep going and then enjoy summer.”

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