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CAO deadline for receipt of any changes to your choices is July 1st

With the Leaving Cert drawing to a close, it is time to consider the CAO change of mind option, advises Brian Mooney
21/06/2006
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Business questions among fairest to date, say teachers

The Leaving Certificate business studies papers were yesterday described as one of the fairest examinations to date by teachers who described both levels as balanced yet challenging.
15/06/2006
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Pressure on exams group as calls on higher maths paper increase

The pressure on the State Examinations Commission to mark a controversial Leaving Cert maths examination with consideration and fairness has intensified following continued complaints from teachers and parents.
15/06/2006
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'It feels like I worked for nothing'

i am really happy with the L.C so far. i did honours maths up to the mocks but then opted for pass it woz soooo easy! i thought biology was awful at first but when i started answering the questions i thought they were easy. irish i hated. Where was uirchill and oiche nollaig na mban, im just so happy irish is over i am never going to speak another word of irish ever again!!! - anon
15/06/2006
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More emphasis should be put on self-starting businesses

Exam preview: Business (tomorrow 9.30 am) Leaving Cert business should do more to encourage entrepreneurship, argues Brody Sweeny, founder of O'Brien's Sandwhich Bars
13/06/2006
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Maths question angers teachers and students

A straight A student and maths medallist was reportedly "shattered" by yesterday's higher level paper, which prompted a deluge of complaints from teachers and students.
13/06/2006
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Criticism over 'haircuts' ruling that barred boys from exam hall

The decision to refuse three students entry to a Junior Cert exam hall, because it was claimed their tight haircuts did not comply with school rules, has been condemned by youth organisations and parental bodies.
12/06/2006
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Tough paper raises the temperature

Presentation School, Ballyphehane, Cork: Sweltering heat, school uniforms and a peculiar phrasing of questions does not a happy student make, with many pupils at Presentation Secondary School in Ballyphehane, Cork, describing yesterday's lower and higher levels maths papers as difficult bordering on "deadly".
12/06/2006
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Everyone should know the basics of food and cooking

Exam Preview/Home Economics: Home economics, which is examined today, is a hugely impressive subject. It should be compulsory for all students, writes celebrity chef Derry Clarke.
12/06/2006
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Ireland's new residents influence Leaving Cert language choices

Catering for the new Ireland: The State Exams Commission is providing an impressive range of language exams for foreign nationals, writes Seán Flynn, Education Editor
08/06/2006
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Hanafin to step up pressure to reform exam timetable

Minister for Education Mary Hanafin is expected to step up the pressure for reform of the Leaving Cert timetable in the coming months.
08/06/2006
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Tailbacks on M50 add to anxiety of students

Traffic collisions leading to significant congestion on Dublin's M50 added to the stress and anxiety of hundreds of Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students hoping to arrive at exam centres on time yesterday.
08/06/2006
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Play is off limits as the testing times begin

In the school of legends and rebels, the beloved Ken Doherty snooker room was yesterday designated an off limits area for the duration of the State exams.
08/06/2006
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Exams reaction: students' views

The following is how students were responding to the English papers - in their own words - on the Skoool.ie forum last night.
08/06/2006
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  Leaving Certificate

Higher paper strikes all the right notes

Leaving Cert Music: There were no works left unfinished after yesterday's higher-level music paper, which was "mercifully short" compared to last year, according to one student.
23/06/2006
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Good balance of micro, macro in 'newsy' exam

Leaving Certificate: economics Decentralisation and SSIAs were just two of the topics up for discussion on yesterday's higher level Leaving Certificate economics paper. Almost 4,500 hundred students took the exam, which was described as "newsy" and "hard to finish" by students.
22/06/2006
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An epic for classical scholars

Leaving Certificate: classical studies Alexander the Great and other recent Hollywood heroes turned up on yesterday's Leaving Cert Classical Studies paper, which was generally praised with some reservations.
22/06/2006
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Challenging but reasonable papers

Leaving Certificate Spanish: Leaving Certificate students who sat the Spanish higher-level paper yesterday answered questions on a survey that declared Ireland to be the most popular place to live and comprehensions on child slaves, armed robberies and extortion.
21/06/2006
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Chemistry exam improves on timing of recent years

Leaving Certificate Chemistry: A "favourable" exam left most chemistry students smiling as both Higher and Ordinary level participants reported more manageable papers than recent years.
21/06/2006
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Some surprises in higher paper

Leaving Certificate accounting: Yesterday's higher-level accounting paper was straightforward and in keeping with the patterns of recent years, according to students and teachers. However, there were a couple of notable deviations in sections one and three.
20/06/2006
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Challenging test strikes right note

Leaving Certificate physics: Leaving Certificate students sitting the higher-level physics paper yesterday met with the unusual inclusion of a picture of Jimi Hendrix on the cover of a Rolling Stone magazine with accompanying questions on the workings of the electric guitar.
20/06/2006
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Hats off to Philip Treacy on broad paper

Leaving Cert Art: higher level The surprise appearance of designer John Rocha and the predictable inclusion of the megalithic site of Newgrange on the higher-level art history and appreciation exam was welcomed by teachers yesterday.
16/06/2006
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Not enough time, students complain

Leaving Cert: technical drawing Leaving Certificate students sitting yesterday's technical drawing papers based entirely on plane and solid geometry encountered a fair but challenging paper, according to teachers.
16/06/2006
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New syllabus sets out to give a wider view

Leaving Certificate History The exam on the new history syllabus got a mixed response on its first outing yesterday, writes Louise Holden
15/06/2006
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Teachers say French exam needs to be modernised

Leaving Certificate French The Higher level French paper was yesterday described as "pedantic" and "off-putting" by teachers who complained that the syllabus committee has failed to meet in seven years to review and modernise the subject.
14/06/2006
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Teachers and parties call for review of maths exam

Leaving Cert Maths reaction Examiners are being urged to mark maths with consideration after a deluge of complaints, writes Áine Kerr
14/06/2006
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Broad syllabus reflected in tough exam

Leaving Cert biology More than half of all Leaving Certificate students sat yesterday's biology paper, which was described as "very comprehensive" and "demanding".
14/06/2006
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Ibec backs bonus points for maths and science

Leaving Certificate Maths: higher level The employers' group Ibec has backed the call for bonus CAO points for students taking maths and science.
13/06/2006
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Challenging but fair verdict on new syllabus

Leaving Cert geography The new syllabus of the Leaving Cert geography made its debut before 25,000 students yesterday, with students and teachers alike describing it as a challenging but fair first instalment.
13/06/2006
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Ordinary level sticks to tried and tested formula

Leaving Certificate maths: ordinary level Relieved ordinary-level maths students kissed goodbye to calculus for the summer after a "straightforward" and "reasonable" Leaving Certificate maths paper two yesterday.
13/06/2006
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Honours students find paper a difficult challenge

Leaving Certificate maths/higher level: Students reported mixed feelings about yesterday's Leaving Cert higher maths paper one. Some students of Coláiste Chroí Mhuire said they "just loved it" while others were very disappointed by the appearance of sequences and series, which were not expected to come up this year.
12/06/2006
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Testing paper which left some struggling for their As and Bs

Leaving Certificate maths/ordinary level paper 1: Over 70 per cent of Leaving Cert maths students took yesterday's "stinging" ordinary level paper, which left some students working hard for their As and Bs as the final sections featured unusually challenging questions.
12/06/2006
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Topical subjects for essay choices welcomed

Leaving Certificate Irish/higher level: Leaving Cert students sitting the higher level Irish paper yesterday encountered an assortment of topical issues ranging from the public's faith in the Garda to the untold story of an Irish-American gangster.
12/06/2006
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'Thrilled' students say this year's exam more clear-cut

Leaving Certificate Irish/ordinary level: Students sitting the ordinary level Leaving Cert Irish reported very positively about the paper which was markedly more topical and clear-cut than previous years.
12/06/2006
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Less topical but wider themes are welcomed

Leaving Certificate English/higher level papers 1 & 2: "Coping with the pressures of modern living" was a pertinent essay title for yesterday's Leaving Cert English students, some of whom were delayed on the way to the exams by hold-ups on the M50.
08/06/2006
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Try this at home: Leaving Certificate English, paper 1, higher level

The following were some of the essay options in yesterday's exam.
08/06/2006
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Try this at home: Leaving Cert applied English and communications

Students were asked to write a letter thanking any one of their employers for their Leaving Certificate applied work experience placement.
08/06/2006
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Paper represented a 'new direction for State exams'

Leaving Cert English/ordinary level: Ordinary level Leaving Certificate students sitting yesterday's English papers answered topics ranging in subject from an alien invasion trying to destroy the human race to the popularity of horror films.
08/06/2006
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  My Leaving Cert

Worst advice I got was not to cram

My Leaving Cert/TV presenter Ger Gilroy: I did my Leaving Cert in 1995 in Scoil Eoin in Athy. By the time the week arrived I was resigned to my fate. I got that sort of clear vision that you get before the hangman.
12/06/2006
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Cork's culture of high educational standards

My Leaving Cert: Cork students have always been the best and the brightest when it comes to the Leaving , argues George Hook.
08/06/2006
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Junior Certificate

Identifying pieces poses problems

Junior Certificate: music Miss Saigon brought a splash of drama to an otherwise "humdrum" Junior Cert music paper yesterday.
22/06/2006
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Topical papers which drew on modern life

Junior Certificate Spanish: Spanish at Junior Certificate level was yesterday welcomed by teachers as a topical exam which introduced students to elements of Spanish life and culture.
21/06/2006
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Ordinary-level paper 'stepped up'

Junior Certificate metalwork: Ordinary-level metalwork students were challenged to a tougher exam than last year, following a trend in recent years to gradually raise the level of the paper. A number of teachers pointed to the inclusion of a four-stroke engine in question A as an example of higher standards at the level.
21/06/2006
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Drawing skills put to the test

Junior Certificate Technical Graphics: A higher-level paper based on the interpretation of detailed plans for a child's tricycle, compact disc player, telephone booth and electric iron was yesterday described by teachers as a challenging but fair exam..
20/06/2006
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Teachers praise papers

Junior Certificate Materials Technology: Yesterday's papers covered the expected topics of wood seasoning, veneering, carving and design. Students were satisfied with the presentation of the paper, which counts for one third of their overall mark.
20/06/2006
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No choice for pupils in new format science examination

Junior Cert: science The revised science syllabus made its debut before approximately 45,000 students yesterday but the new exam format, which compels students to undertake all nine questions, was sharply criticised by teachers.
16/06/2006
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Higher level 'posed serious difficulties'

Junior Cert religion Junior Certificate students undertaking the Religious Education higher level exam yesterday had to consider challenges the church and religious orders face in Ireland today and to describe factors that can influence personal faith.
16/06/2006
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Business teachers call for greater choice in short section of paper

Junior Certificate business studies The Business Studies Teachers' Association has called for greater choice in the short question section of the Junior Certificate papers, which currently requires students to attempt all set questions.
15/06/2006
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Questions not on course, say teachers

Junior Cert history: ordinary and higher level Yesterday's Junior Certificate history paper drew some criticism from teachers who claim it contained elements not covered on the syllabus.
14/06/2006
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TUI representative says gulf growing between two levels

Junior Certificate French The decision to produce the Higher level French paper in colour format, while setting the Ordinary level paper in black and white and with unclear images, has been criticised by Junior Certificate French teachers.
14/06/2006
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Teachers query use of colour on higher paper only

Junior Certificate geography The weather was the principal topic on the Junior Certificate geography higher paper yesterday with questions from depressions and cyclones to how climate attracts tourists and industries cause acid rain.
13/06/2006
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Thumbs up from students on new workbook format paper

Junior Certificate maths Many students made an early exit from yesterday's ordinary level maths paper, which was presented in a new, 16-page workbook format. Students reported finding the paper "easy" and fair, although skoool.ie subject expert Jim Healy worried that some may have been too cavalier.
13/06/2006
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Phrasing and language of some questions a cause of concern

Junior Certificate maths/higher and ordinary - paper 1: The language of the first Junior Cert higher maths papers was criticised as very difficult for all students, especially for non-nationals.
12/06/2006
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Students ponder events of long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away

Junior Certificate Irish: The decision to base an entire Irish higher-level comprehension on Yoda of Star Wars and his outer-space friends C-3PO and R2-D2 drew mixed reactions among students and teachers alike yesterday.
12/06/2006
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Goldfish essay fails to brighten up 'dull' higher papers

Junior Cert English: The Junior Cert higher level paper was described as an accessible yet dull paper by English teachers yesterday, with the unusual topic of goldfish appearing in two sections.
08/06/2006
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Exam Diary

The long and the short of it is haircut solidarity

Exam Diary: The first lock of my russet hair is hitting the bathroom floor as I shear myself in sympathy with my peers. It's the only fitting gesture to support those three unfortunates who were refused entry to their school exam hall because their haircuts were deemed unsuitable.
12/06/2006
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Home alone and nobody to comfort me in my darkest hour

Exam Diary: I spent last night all alone in the wilds of Sligo with no one to comfort me in my darkest hour
08/06/2006
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