Thursday 14 December 2017

'Longest day' turns into a walk in the park

06/06/2013
Saoirse Hickey, Kim O'Shea, Aisling Enright, Orla Kennedy and Rachel Quinn throw their English Papers in the air after the second day of Leaving Certificate Examinations at Salesian Secondary School, Fernbank, Limerick.
Pic: Don Moloney/Press 22
06/06/2013 Saoirse Hickey, Kim O'Shea, Aisling Enright, Orla Kennedy and Rachel Quinn throw their English Papers in the air after the second day of Leaving Certificate Examinations at Salesian Secondary School, Fernbank, Limerick. Pic: Don Moloney/Press 22
Loreto College, Cavan students Sheryl Galligan, Georgina Fox and Chloe Smith take advantage of the sunshine and get a little last minute study in before their examinations on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Lorraine Teevan
Junior Cert students Irish Paper students Grace Cosgrove (Malahide), Aoife Carroll (Malahide), Lauren Hughes (Malahide) and Aine Cummins (Malahide) at Malahide Community School yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Leaving Cert students Engineering students Oisin O Toole (Malahide), Sean Mc Mahon (Donabate) and Stephen Mc Carry (Malahide) at Malahide Community School yesterday. Photo: Steve Humphreys 6th June 2013.

It was the longest day of the state exams, with some Leaving Certificate students spending six hours and 20 minutes in the hall.

But any pre-exam nerves about what lay in store in the afternoon's much-anticipated English Paper 2 were quickly dispelled. One teacher said the higher-level paper was a "dream".

Today, most of the 117,000 candidates at Leaving and Junior Cert level, face the first of the Maths papers. This is the first year that all Junior Cert students will be examined in at least some elements of the Project Maths syllabus. Those sitting the Leaving Cert will be answering questions from the new syllabus for the second year.

Irish Independent

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