Tuesday 20 February 2018

Leaving Cert 2012: Both higher and lower levels Maths paper 1 'challenging'

Institute fo Education Leaving Cert student Sarah Sullivan. Photo: Collins Agency
Institute fo Education Leaving Cert student Sarah Sullivan. Photo: Collins Agency
Don North, from Portobello, after completing his Geography exam. Photo: Collins Agency
Luke Hennessy, from Portobello. Photo: Collins Agency
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

LEAVING Cert Maths paper 1 was perceived to be challenging by both students of higher and ordinary level at the Institute of Education on Leeson Street.

Noor Alonari (18) from Celbridge took the higher paper.

"It was ok, it wasn't too bad but I don't think I did very well", she said.

"The integrator question was particularly bad, but the alpha and beta question was nice which made up for it".

The Department of Education has introduced a scheme for those sitting higher level Maths meaning they could be eligible to earn 25 extra points on the paper.

It was introduced to encourage students to sit the higher paper.

Asked whether the extra 25 points on offer had influenced her decision to sit the higher paper Ms Noor said: "I'm not that good at Maths but it was an advantage to have the extra points and it encouraged me to stick with higher."

Meanwhile, the ordinary level paper was perceived to be challenging but fair.

Sarah Austin (18) from Dromcondra said: "The stuff we had wanted to come up came up, but the questions were phrased quite awkwardly. The differentiation question was difficult but the complex numbers question was good".

Ciara Buckley (18) from Clondalkin also felt the paper was a challenge.

"It was ok, some questions were really good but some others were really challenging. The graph part of the differentiation question was particularly bad. I'm hoping I passed, it's hard to tell with Maths. I ended with a lot of decimals when normally on papers you end with whole numbers".

Saif Haque (17) from Rathfarnham thought the paper was fair.

"The paper was pretty ok, I was able to answer six of the eight questions. The graph questions were really awkward but overall I think I did fairly OK".

Students now break for the weekend before returning to the second Maths and both Irish papers next week.

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