Sunday 21 January 2018

Fair papers cover all angles

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

The higher-level paper was not without its challenges but overall it was fair and balanced, according to teachers.

Michael Martin, of the TUI and Largy College, Clones, Co Monaghan, said some of the long questions required a lot of work. In particular, he said that question 1 involved quite a lot of detail, question 4 was challenging but doable, and the ellipse part of question 6 would have been quite taxing.

At ordinary level, Mr Martin said most of section A -- the short questions -- was as expected, although questions 5 and 6 could have presented difficulties, particularly the curved line in the latter.

In section B, he said questions 1, 4 and 5 were very fair, question 3 was fair, even if it required a lot of work for ordinary level, while questions 2 and 6 were "challenging".

John O'Sullivan, of ASTI and CBS Mountgarret, New Ross, Co Wexford, acknowledged that this year's papers continued what has become an established pattern of well-designed papers.

Mr O'Sullivan said they were a far cry from some years "when there were concerns about the abstract nature and difficulty level of some of the questions posed, which in turn was perceived as having a negative impact on subject uptake at Leaving Certificate level".

Irish Independent

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