Monday 19 March 2018

Junior Cert Maths: Surprises are kept to a minimum


THE Junior Certificate higher level maths paper attracted few raised eyebrows from students as surprises were kept to a minimum.

Teachers said the paper came as expected and did not upset anyone.

"It was along the predicted lines. The theorems that came up were the standard theorems," said Brid Griffin, from the Carlow Institute of Further Education and the TUI.

"There was no major difficulty in any of the questions. The questions that students would have found easy to do would have been the statistics questions and the area and volume question."

Brigid Cleary, from St Flannan's in Ennis, Co Clare and the ASTI, said one section of the first question about a circle could have proved difficult but overall students were content.


"They came out happy," she said.

The ordinary level paper was also similar to that which has been seen in recent years.

However, Ms Griffin said some of the students found it difficult to complete full questions.

"They may have been able to do three full questions but after that they found it difficult to complete or fully-attempt questions," she said.

"That is going back to the fact that the part C of the question can prove to be a challenge. But you have to test the students that are mathematically minded.

"The paper was much along the lines of what would have been seen in more recent years."

Ms Cleary said the paper was straightforward and held nothing unusual in it.

"It was bog standard like the first paper. It was perfect," she said.

Irish Independent

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