Over the last week and a half, thousands of Leaving Certificate students have been undergoing their language oral examinations, which run this year from Monday April 4 until Friday April 15.
Although we tend to associate the State Examinations with the start of the written exams in the month of June each year, the orals remind us that quite a number of elements of the examination are assessed much earlier.
The completion date of Leaving Certificate Home Economics (Scientific and Social) Food studies course work, for example, was as early as last November. The completion date for Leaving Certificate Applied Task Work assessment was in February, while the completion date for the Engineering practical coursework project was early March.
A number of different projects must be completed in April. The link modules portfolio for the LCVP (Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme) must be completed by this Friday.
April 15 is also the completion date for the Leaving Certificate History Research Study Report, Leaving Certificate Religious Education Practical Coursework Journal, and Leaving Certificate Music practicals, as well as some of the LCA (Leaving Certificate Applied) Task Work and their Personal Reflection Task.
The Junior Certificate examination also includes projects including the Science Coursework booklet, the project work in Civic, Social and Political Education (C.S.P.E.), and practical tests in Home Economics and Music, and the Religious Education Journal.
Over the months of April, May and June, various other elements of project work in Leaving Certificate Art, Construction Studies, Engineering, Home Economics (Scientific and Social), and Music will be completed, as will Leaving Certificate Applied practical performance tests.
Students of Leaving Certificate Geography will submit their Geographical Investigation Reporting booklet in May.
The State Examinations Commission website, www.examinations.ie, is the source for all information on exam timetables, or sample examination papers in revised syllabuses, and more.
Open days: Meanwhile, there is a flurry of spring open days this coming week; l Today, Dunboyne College of Education, Dunboyne, Co Meath, holds an open day from 2pm--4pm; l This evening the Institute of Technology, Tallaght, Dublin 24 hosts an information evening on its courses, from 6pm--8.30pm. l Tomorrow, UCC's Spring Open Day for Schools is a chance for registered school groups to tour the campus, visit information stands and learn about UCC's undergraduate degree programmes. l Also tomorrow, DIT's School of Culinary Arts and Food Technology holds an information session from 2pm--4pm; whilst the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Dublin 15, (ITB), hosts an Open Evening tomorrow from 4pm until 7pm. l On Saturday, NUI Maynooth hosts its 'University Day', an open day from 10.30am--3pm, in the John Hume Building, North Campus. This event is an information day for anyone interested in university life. Individual faculties and departments will provide short sample lectures on the courses on offer at NUI Maynooth. l Also on Saturday DIT hosts an Engineering Open Day from 10am-1pm in its College of Engineering & Built Environment, Bolton Street Campus. l Mature applicants are always welcome at any of these events.