The Department of Education published Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2021 in September 2020 and an updated version of that document in December. That document set out the adjusted arrangements for post-primary students taking certificate examinations in the 2020/21 school year designed to take account of the disrupted learning experienced by students during the 2019/20 school year with some contingency built in for future further disruptions to learning. In light of the extended period of school closure in 2021, resulting in further disruption to learning, it was agreed that further adjustments should be made to the written examination papers to recognise this additional impact on learning. The aim of these further adjustments is to lessen the load, as far as is reasonably possible, for candidates both in their preparation for the written examinations and also on the day of the examination. These further adjustments have been finalised following discussions between the Department of Education, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and the State Examinations Commission. They are additional to the previous adjustments, but in some instances these further adjustments supersede the previous ones. Details of the previous adjustments are available in Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2021.
The adjustments, in most cases, involve providing further choice to candidates by reducing the number of questions to be answered in the examination. While this will have the effect of also reducing the time needed to complete the examination, the duration of each examination will remain unchanged, thus substantively relieving time pressures.
The changes changes for Ordinary and Higher Level Applied Mathematics, Mathematics and Physics are as follows:
The changes for all subjects can be found at EN-EX-16278631.pdf (examinations.ie.)