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   The Exam Papers

A fair exam testing a broad syllabus
Leaving Cert Agricultural Science: Apart from one unrecognisable thistle, Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science students were content with yesterday's higher level paper. It was a long exam that tested a broad knowledge of rural and scientific topics, but students deemed it fair. By Louise Holden.
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It was predictably unpredictable
Leaving Cert Applied Maths: It was a trying final day for the 1,612 students who took Applied Maths for the Leaving Certificate. After waiting until the very last paper on the timetable, they were hit with a predictably unpredictable paper in a subject that is known to be challenging. By Louise Holden.
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Japanese fine for first timers
Leaving Cert Japanese: The brand-new Leaving Cert Japanese syllabus was examined for the first time yesterday, and its 39 pioneers emerged "confident" of a good performance. By Louise Holden.
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Mozart and The Beatles keep students relaxed
Leaving Cert Music: Students of Leaving Certificate Music enjoyed a relaxing exam yesterday with half of their marks already covered and an enjoyable paper as well. By Louise Holden.
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Painless paper should encourage more students to take up the subject
Leaving Cert Engineering: A "painless" paper crowned an enjoyable year for Leaving Certificate Engineering students yesterday. The students had already completed half of their assessment earlier in the year with each class designing and building their own amphibious vehicle. By Louise Holden.
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A good day as pupils enjoy a lovely paper and no surprises
Junior Cert: Classical Studies: The 1,360 students who still had exams to sit finally finished the Junior Cert yesterday. It was a good day for students of Classical Studies, who enjoyed a "lovely paper with no surprises".
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Long and tiring but students happy with the choice
Leaving Cert Chemistry: Leaving Certificate Chemistry students were treated to a slightly updated version of a familiar exam, with a new descriptive section and the inclusion of some photographs. By Louise Holden.
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Problems with speed of dialogue
Junior Cert Spanish: Higher-level Spanish students found yesterday's Leaving Cert written paper fair, but the aural was reported to be "extremely difficult". By Louise Holden.
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Students like upbeat tone and questions
Junior Certificate Spanish and Metalwork: Zidane, Ronaldo and the bull run at Pamplona made up some of the questions on yesterday's Junior Certificate Spanish exam. Higher-level students enjoyed the paper's upbeat tone and interesting subject matter. By Louise Holden.
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Students satisfied with great variety in exams
Leaving Cert Construction Studies, Classical Studies and Latin: More than 9,000 students sat yesterday's Leaving Certificate Construction Studies paper, including 603 girls, and the overall response was one of satisfaction. By Louise Holden.
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Tough questions on music but students happy with technology
Junior Certificate Music and Technology: Junior Certificate Music students faced a couple of tough questions on yesterday's higher level paper but were pleased with the general tone of the exam. By Louise Holden.
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Topical paper keeps economics vibrant
Leaving Cert Economics: A summary of Ireland's economic performance of the last 12 months was just one of the topical questions on yesterday's Leaving Certificate Higher Level Economics paper. Students were broadly satisfied with the paper, which was described as "testing but fair". By Louise Holden.
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“Bad news” for students not keen on maths
Leaving Cert Physics: Yesterday's Leaving Cert Physics paper was described as "bad news" for students who are not keen on maths. By Louise Holden.
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Strong emphasis on design pleases students
Junior Cert Technology: Spatial awareness was the order of the day for yesterday's Junior Certificate students, with a strong emphasis on design in both the morning and afternoon papers. By Louise Holden.
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Students “delighted” with plenty of choice
Leaving Cert Art: The Book of Kells, Caravaggio's The Taking of Christ and the Sony Discman were just three of the works of art up for discussion in yesterday's higher level Art History and Appreciation exam.
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Coal is only black spot in accessible paper
Leaving Cert German: The 8,500 Leaving Certificate students who sat yesterday's higher level German exam were presented with an accessible yet challenging paper, according to teachers. By John Downes.
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Predictable paper causes confusion
Junior Cert Home Economics: Home Economics was a predictable affair with the usual time management problems, Junior Certificate students said yesterday. By Louise Holden.
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German paper was fair and well laid out
Junior Cert German: There was a broad welcome for yesterday's Junior Certificate German higher level paper, which teachers described as straightforward and well laid-out. By John Downes.
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Students welcome fair second paper
Leaving Cert Technical Drawing: Students of Technical Drawing applied theory to practise yesterday in a "fair" and "straightforward" paper two. By Louise Holden.
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Little surprise in the higher paper
Leaving Cert Accountancy: Some 7,000 students sat yesterday's Leaving Certificate Accounting paper, which was described by teachers as straightforward with a good range and variety of questions. By John Downes.
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Exam may encourage more students to take higher level paper
Leaving Cert Technical Drawing Paper I: Technical Drawing Paper One, which has been criticised for poor presentation in the past, was praised yesterday by teachers.
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Abstract thinking needed to answer a tough challenge
Junior Cert Religious Education: Junior Certificate students were tested today with a "tough" Religious Education paper. This is the second year that students have been examined in religion and the majority found the experience challenging. By Louise Holden.
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Pupil friendly paper wins praise
Junior Cert Science: Teachers and students yesterday praised a "well-presented and student-friendly" Junior Certificate Science paper. By Louise Holden.
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New Biology syllabus proves demanding
Leaving Cert Biology: The new Leaving Certificate biology syllabus was examined for the first time this year, prompting strong reactions from students and teachers, who described yesterday's higher-level paper as difficult and demanding. By John Downes.
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Students get down to serious business with testing paper
Leaving Cert Business: Some students were thrown by yesterday's higher level business paper, which was described as "not a bluffer's paper" by one commentator.
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Students happy with business papers
Junior Cert Business Studies: Junior Cert students had a full day of business exams yesterday and reported satisfaction with both papers. By Louise Holden.
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Noisy French tape exam provokes anger
Leaving Cert French: Teachers and students have reacted with anger to yesterday's aural French tape test. Many complained that the tape was noisy, making it difficult to hear speakers clearly. By John Downes.
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End of era for long history exam
Leaving Cert History: Students who relied on predictions were delighted to see Parnell and Bismarck on yesterday's Higher Level history paper. By Louise Holden.
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French higher level paper topical and fair
Junior Cert French: Yesterday's Junior Certificate Higher level French exam was described as both topical and predictable by teachers.
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Surprises in 'tough but fair' paper
Junior Cert History: Junior Certificate History students took on a "tough but fair" paper yesterday with a few surprises.
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A fair paper lets students show off knowledge
Leaving Cert Geography: Teachers described yesterday's Leaving Certificate Higher-level Geography paper as fair but with few surprises. By John Downes.
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Few complications and traps in second papers
Leaving Cert Maths Paper II: Students who learned their formulae by heart were rewarded yesterday as Honours Maths Paper Two turned out to be a "traditional" affair with few complications. By Louise Holden.
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Praise for hard but fair exams
Junior Cert Maths Paper II: The dreaded "theorem" paper did not cause too much of an upset yesterday as Junior Certificate students expressed satisfaction with Maths Paper Two.
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No surprises found in accessible second paper
Leaving Cert Irish Paper II: Yesterday's Leaving Certificate Irish second paper at higher level held few surprises for students, although many were exhausted after finishing the 3½-hour exam. By John Downes.
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Higher level Irish paper praised for layout and content
Junior Cert Irish: Reaction to yesterday's second Junior Cert Irish higher-level exam was generally positive, with teachers praising the paper's layout and content. By John Downes.
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Race against time in Home Economics paper
Leaving Cert Home Economics: Students of Leaving Certificate Home Economics got a shock yesterday as what is normally regarded as a very approachable paper turned into a harrowing dash for the finish line. By Louise Holden.
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Poor looks spoil CSPE paper
Junior Cert Civil, Social and Political Education: Arguably the most topical State exam on the menu, the Civil, Social and Political Education (CSPE) paper yesterday invited Junior Certificate students to answer questions on EU enlargement, local elections and the war in Iraq. By Louise Holden.
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Irish paper challenges with modern life themes
Leaving Cert Irish Paper I: Yesterday's Leaving Certificate Irish exam was widely seen as challenging but fair by teachers. However, some criticised the lack of imagination which they said certain questions displayed. By John Downes.
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Students broadly happy with sum of Paper I
Leaving Cert Maths Paper I: There were no tears outside the exam halls yesterday as Leaving Cert maths students emerged from Paper 1. Both honours and ordinary-level students were treated to fair and straightforward papers with no convoluted questions, unlike last year. By Louise Holden.
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Format praised but some teachers felt questions were too difficult
Junior Cert Irish Paper I: There were mixed reactions to the first Junior Certificate Irish higher level paper yesterday. Some teachers felt the questions and language used in the paper were too difficult for students. By John Downes.
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Students who spent time over past papers get their rewards
Junior Cert Maths Paper I: There was a sense of déjà vu for Junior Cert students taking honours maths Paper 1 yesterday as a similar exam to last year unfolded before their eyes.
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A fair exam with humorous touches
Leaving Cert English: Teachers have broadly welcomed yesterday's Leaving Certificate English exam. Most said it was fair, offering students sufficient scope to display their ability. By John Downes.
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Enjoyable except for tricky poetry, fiction questions
Junior Cert English: "Enjoyable" and "challenging" were just some of the adjectives used to describe the first exam of this year's Junior Certificate, English Paper 1. By Louise Holden.
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Weighty topics are heavy going on the first day
Leaving Certificate Applied: The 3,603 candidates for this year's Leaving Certificate Applied programme were treated to a heavy first day of endless writing and weighty social discussion. By Louise Holden.
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Positive reaction by most students to English papers
The reaction of students to the paper from students at Christ the King School on South Douglas Road, in Cork, was largely positive with most students reckoning that the Higher English Paper I was far easier than the pre-leaving paper. By Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent.
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   Exam Diary

My index finger became one with the biro
Twelve thousand words in three and a bit hours. That's what history took from me yesterday.
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Getting through my Black Monday
At the Olympic Games, eight lanes are marked on the running track. Each runner is allocated to a different lane. Calculate the probability that I will run screaming from the exam hall faster than Dwain Chambers on a positive day.
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Sacrificing Peppers but dreaming of greater things
I woke up yesterday morning to a final, pathetic election plea from a desperate local Fianna Fáiler, posted through the door in the small hours. She lay on the hall carpet, grinning, disembodied and destined for the green bin.
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I better stick to maths after Irish paper puts a dampener on my day
At last the rain has arrived. I should have known it would wait for the first day of the Irish exam. It brought with it a feeling of deep exhaustion and boredom that didn't help propel me through this long and difficult day.
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Saved by Macbeth, Mahon, and a penchant for play
All work and a Shakespeare play. Not a bad start for old Séamus - I think I comported myself with style on the first day of the Leaving.
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Counting down the final hours until the axe falls
Last night I had my final meal before the Leaving. I watched a final episode of The Simpsons before the Leaving. I fought with my brothers for the last time before the Leaving...
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I can’t see beyond my own little world anymore
Séamus Conboy is approximately 86,400 seconds away from the biggest exam of his life.
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UCD announces more accessible courses
In a move designed to help widen access to non-traditional students, UCD is to provide fully flexible courses from next year. By Sean Flynn.
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Second exam urged for ill students
The failure to provide a second Leaving Certificate sitting for students who fall ill during exams may be against the law, teachers have warned. By John Downes.
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The concept of encouraging active citizenship
Subject preview - Civic Social and Political Education (CPSE): Teachers face an uphill task reversing declining interest in politics, writes Breda O'Brien.
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Young people will opt for Irish when it provides good career opportunities
Subject preview - Leaving Cert Irish: Young people would study higher level Irish if a third-level sector was developed to offer Irish-speaking vocational courses such as business, law and information technology, argues Pól Ó Muirí.
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Students opt on day for lower paper
As 56,000 students begin their Leaving Cert this morning, new figures indicate that a substantial number are opting out of higher-level papers on the day of the exam. By Sean Flynn and John Downes.
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UK study assigns Leaving Cert high A-level ratings
Leaving Cert grades in each subject will be recognised as being worth about two-thirds of a British A-level, an expert group has found. By Seán Flynn and John Downes.
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Support and encourage is the message for parents
Don't put unbearable pressure on your children during the exams. There is life after the Leaving Cert, writes Brian Mooney.
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Banishing stress and encouraging success
How should parents cope with exam stress this week? Louise Holden offers some expert tips.
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  My Leaving Cert

Ireland Centre Gordon D'Arcy
It's coming up to the sixth anniversary of my Leaving and only with the benefit of hindsight can I look objectively at my school days, and the exams.
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RTE's Charlie Bird
It's well over three decades since I sat in a long, hot, stuffy room on a June day looking ponderously at the Leaving Cert maths paper.
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Fair City’s Claudia Carroll
Last minute nerves not helped by Dad’s friendly advice - We'd all worked so hard, practically sweated blood, and were so fraught with nerves that the nuns should have doled out Valium to everyone in my year.
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