Latest Updates on Leaving Cert 2022 Exams

The latest information on exam timetables and exam assessment for this year’s Leaving and Certificate can be found here.

Adjustments to the written papers by subject are here.

Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams start on Wednesday, June 8th.

Exam time tables are at:

Leaving Certificate Timetable 2022

Leaving Certificate Applied Timetable 2022

Junior Cycle Timetable 2022

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Prove 7x 13 = 28. Just Kidding.

There are good reasons why we follow strict and logical rules in maths. Evaluating expressions involving numbers is one of the basic tasks in arithmetic. But if an expression is complicated then it may not be clear which part of it should be evaluated first, and so some rules must be established.

Things like the “order of operations” may be phrased in simplistic terms such as BIMDAS or PEDMAS etc. to aid memory recall, but the user still needs to know how to implement the rules properly and to be aware of any underlying assumptions. Otherwise they can end up making incorrect assumptions and getting the incorrect answer.

We also need consistency and accuracy in definitions and a common language so that we can follow correct logic and and so that we can discuss problems with others.

Of course this does not just apply to maths, but to many aspects of life in general.

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Minister Foley confirms arrangements for State Examinations 2022 

Below copy of letter send to school principles today/

Dear Principal/Deputy Principal/Chairperson,

Minister Foley confirms arrangements for State Examinations 2022 

Following a Government decision today, Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced extensive changes to the state examinations for 2022.

To take into account the disruption to teaching and learning experienced by the Leaving Certificate class of 2022, extensive changes will be made to the written Leaving Certificate 2022 examinations.  In addition, the Minister has announced that the overall set of results in 2022 will be no lower than in 2021, ensuring that the class of 2022 will not be disadvantaged. The Junior Cycle examinations will run in June as normal for the first time since 2019.

The Minister attended a meeting of the advisory group on state examinations this morning and advised of these changes.

The decision to make the extensive changes to the examination papers has been taken to provide the Leaving Certificate students of 2022 with certainty and clarity and will provide the fairest pathway to successfully completing their post-primary education and enabling them to progress to further and higher education and training, apprenticeships and the world of work.

Full details of the extensive changes made to the examinations will be published next week on and on the SEC website, and notified to schools who will communicate this to students. The examination papers from 2021 will form a useful guide to students in preparing for the examinations and teachers assisting them in their preparations.

Minister Foley said: “The Leaving Certificate class of 2022 has experienced significant disruption to their learning and their school experience. In light of this, following extensive engagement with the advisory group on planning for state examinations, I can confirm this plan for significant changes to the examinations, which takes account of the experiences of students during the pandemic and will provide the best possible pathway for this year’s Leaving Certificate students.

“The students had a number of concerns. They wanted clarity and certainty. I have answered both of those valid concerns by making this announcement earlier than last year.

“Students also raised concerns over the potential disadvantage the class of 2022 would face when compared to the class of 2021 in terms of grade inflation. To alleviate this concern, I have asked the SEC to put in place measures to ensure that the overall set of results in the aggregate for this year will be no lower than last year.

“Today I can confirm extensive changes to the written paper in acknowledgement of the challenges our students have faced. They build on the changes already made to the papers and notified to students last August. These combined changes mean that students need not be concerned that they will be disadvantaged compared to their peers. The exams will be structured in a familiar way, but with more choice and a reduction in the number of questions to be answered this will not be the traditional Leaving Certificate exam.

“Throughout this extensive engagement process there were many varied and valued opinions and concerns raised by the stakeholders.  I want to thank sincerely all the members involved in the Advisory Group process, students, parents, teacher unions, school management bodies and the State Examinations Commission, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, the Higher Education Authority and representatives of higher education for their intensive engagement with my Department on this issue.”

An alternative set of Leaving Certificate examinations will be run in 2022, shortly following the main set of examinations. These examinations will be limited to certain categories of students, such as those who experience a close family bereavement, COVID-19 illness and certain other categories of serious illness, during the first examination period.  There will be strict eligibility criteria applying to this contingency sitting.

Junior Cycle examinations will also take place this summer. Adjustments to the assessment arrangements for Junior Cycle have been made and advised in August 2021, including a reduction in the number of Classroom Based Assessments to be completed, the removal of the requirement to complete Assessment Tasks and adjustments to the requirements in coursework and practical performance tests. These adjustments provide for more teaching time in schools.   

The timetable for the written Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle examinations in June will be published by the State Examinations Commission in the coming days, following engagement with stakeholders.  The arrangements for Leaving Certificate Oral Examinations in Irish and the Modern Foreign Languages and the practical performance tests in Leaving Certificate Music are as advised late last year.

These examinations will take place outside of school time over the first week of the school Easter holidays, with the examinations running in schools during the six-day period Saturday 9 April to Thursday 14 April inclusive. Working with the State Examinations Commission (SEC), and the SEC examiners assigned to the school in each subject, schools will have some flexibility in scheduling the examinations during this period based on local needs.

Running the oral examinations before Easter will leave students free over the second week of the Easter holidays. The SEC has also notified students and schools of additional flexibility in the completion of coursework.

All aspects of staging the State examinations will be guided by public health advice and schools will be supported and given clear guidance on the staging of the examinations.

The impact of COVID-19 continues to present many challenges and present many unknowns.  The Department of Education will be working closely with the State Examinations Commission with a view to ensuring that the results of the examinations are available in time to meet the needs of students and stakeholders.


John Curtis,

General Secretary

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CAO Applications – Fees and Dates

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Assessment Arrangements For Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2022

This updated document (August 2021) sets out the adjusted assessment arrangements for post-primary students taking certificate examinations in the 2021/22 school year. These arrangements are designed to take account of the disrupted learning experienced by students during the Covid-19 pandemic. The adjustments have been arrived at through discussions between the Department of Education (DE), the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and key stakeholders.

The full document covering all subjects can be accessed at – Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate 2022 (

The changes for maths, applied maths and physics and science are as shown below.

For senior cycle applied maths

There is no adjustment as the examination already includes a high degree of choice.

For senior cycle maths

For Physics

For Junior Cycle maths

For Junior Cycle Science

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Habits of Highly Successful Students

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Maths Week 2021

Maths Week 2021 starts this Saturday 16th October and runs until Sunday 24th October. 

There are lots of free events taking place, not just for schools and teachers, but also for families and adults. Take a look at some featured events below and head over to the Maths Week website for the full line up. 

Galway Maths Grinds is providing a short free online course on “Mental Maths and Rapid Calculations” which can be accessed via

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GMG Student Resource Bundle Now Available

I aim to help students be successful and reach their potential in their studies, particularly in Maths and Physics studies. Giving them expert guidance in their core topics is a given. But to help them achieve maximum success I have produced a number of documents covering skills that are useful in learning in general. These include:

  • Google Search for Students
  • Making the most of your Scientific Calculator
  • Making the most of the Formulae and Tables Booklet
  • Time Management for Students
  • Study Skills Diagnostic Inventory Tool

These can still be purchased individually but I have now also gathered them into a single downloadable PDF file to allow the bundle to be purchased at a discount to the cost of buying each individually. They can be got at Galway Maths Grinds – Payhip.

Considering the range of valuable knowledge and skills this could help you improve, it offers a pretty sweet return on an investment that costs about the same as two cups of coffee.

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Wishing the best of luck to all leaving cert students receiving their results today.

Best of luck to all the students receiving their Leaving Cert results today. You experienced a year like no other and worked incredibly hard regardless of the hurdles you faced. We wish you the very best of luck as you progress to the next stages of your lives. Go n-éirí leat!

We congratulate those students who secured the results they hoped for and commiserate with those that may be disappointed. On behalf of Galway Maths Grinds, we wish you well for the future.

The National Parents Council Post Primary Leaving Cert Helpline 1800 265 165, a free phone service provided to Leaving Cert students and their parents and guardians, opens today Friday September 3 at 11am.

The service offers professional and confidential one-to-one support, advice and guidance on Leaving Certificate results, Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP), CAO offers, further education and training (including apprenticeships, traineeships and Post-Leaving Certificate courses), opportunities for further study abroad, SUSI and grant application processes and the State Examinations Commission Candidate Self Service Portal.

The Helpline will be professionally staffed by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), who will assist callers with up to date information on issues such as the appeals process, reviews and rechecks, CAO applications, non-CAO options and SUSI/grant applications.

The NPCPP Leaving Certificate Helpline 2021, 1800-265-165, will operate the following schedule.

Friday September 3 to Friday September 10, 2021

Friday 3, 11am-8pm

Saturday 4, 11am-8pm

Sunday 5, 11am-4pm

Tuesday 7, 11am-8pm

Wednesday 8, 11am-8pm

Thursday 9, 11am-4pm

Friday 10, 11am-4pm

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Label Things – save yourself some stress and expense

Less than a week to go until most students will be back at school. There are lots of things to do to prepare. Don’t forget to label your bits and pieces.

Whether they’re returning to nursery, primary, or secondary school your child will have plenty of clothing and equipment they’ll need to take with them for the day. Every year, towards the end of the school holidays, parents make a mad dash around the shops getting the last minute school essentials such as backpacks and highlighter pens.

All parents know that the chances of some of these items making it to the end of the school year is pretty slim, but that doesn’t stop your child nagging you to buy the latest style of bag or pencils with their favourite cartoon character on them. One solution to tackling missing clothing and equipment is to invest in name labels that can be attached before the start of term to avoid things going walkabout, and help to return them to you if they do.

In fact, a My Nametags study revealed that school jumpers, school books, and stationery are the top three most commonly lost items for children, making it all the more important to label your child’s belongings before term starts. And apparently it is the 13- to 17-year-old age group that is most likely to lose items.

With nearly everyone carrying a mobile phone these days its not surprising that phones are often mislaid. Again simply putting your name and a backup number on the cover will greatly enhance the chances of its safe return should yours be misplaced. Same goes for laptops, cameras, calculators, pencil cases, spectacles, hand tools, sports equipment and any other piece of equipment that is often carried around.

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