Tuesday 12 December 2017

How to view your scripts

Mary O'Donnell advises on the best approach

All exam candidates will receive a personalised application form with their exam results, which they may use to apply for permission to view their scripts. If they wish to view one or more scripts, they should return these forms by next Tuesday, August 23, to the school where they sat their examination. No fee is charged.

The dates for viewing scripts this year are Friday September 2 and Saturday 3. Students are assigned a session during this time, either Friday evening or Saturday morning or afternoon. The viewing of scripts takes place under very exact conditions.

If a candidate has any niggling anxiety about a paper, or feels that their grade does not reflect what they believe was their performance in the exam, it may set their minds at rest to have a look at the script.

If students are considering getting a subject rechecked, they should probably view their scripts first.

The usual reason for appealing an exam result, or seeking a recheck, is that students hope to be awarded a better grade, maybe even an essential grade in a subject, or they may hope that a few extra points may bring them up over the cut-off for the course they want.

No. Although students may be accompanied by one person when they are viewing their scripts, no one may do it on their behalf. It means that if you wish to view your scripts, you must be available that weekend.

It is a good idea to ask someone who is a good judge of the necessary standard in the exam, who understands marking schemes and so on.

This usually means that subject teachers are in high demand at this time, and they are usually good enough to give of their time. A parent is not generally familiar with the standard required, so may not be much of a judge, although they may be a support.

Irish Independent Supplement

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