State Exams 2023

This section contains updated information from the State Examinations Commission (SEC) which has been issued to schools in relation to State Examinations

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2022 JC and LC - Important Information regarding Leaving Certificate Appeal Results and Junior Cycle Results 

There are two important matters relating to the 2022 certificate examinations to bring to your attention at this time.  

1.  Leaving Certificate Appeals Results.

The SEC has not up to now been able to confirm the date for the issue of the appeal results to candidates.  As the appeals process is nearing completion, I can confirm that it is intended that the appeal results will issue through the Candidate Self Service Portal on Friday 7th October at 11am. Candidates awaiting appeal results have been contacted by email today by the SEC informing them of the date results will issue. 

2.    Junior Cycle Results

The SEC has a responsibility to examination candidates to ensure that their work is marked to the highest standards of quality and integrity and the Commission must be able to stand over the results it issues each year. 

There are a number of significant issues which have impacted the arrangements for the delivery of the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle examinations this year which mean that the dates for results are later than they would be in a normal year.  

Details of the arrangements for the 2022 certificate examinations were announced on 1 February 2022.  Since that time, the SEC has been engaged in the planning and delivery of all aspects of the examinations across Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied and Junior Cycle.  This was a significant undertaking in the current year considering the ongoing effects of Covid-19. Some 131,000 candidates entered to sit the examinations this year, an increase of 6% (+7,000) compared to the last time a full set of examinations was run in 2019.  The requirement for increased numbers of examiners across all subjects especially at Junior Cycle has been especially challenging in the current year. 

As in any year, priority is given to the high stakes Leaving Certificate given the importance of these results to candidates as they progress to employment, further education and higher education.  The date for the issue of the Leaving Certificate results of 2 September was later than normal due to a number of factors including the deferred sitting of the Leaving Certificate examinations and the commitment that the outcomes would, on aggregate, be no lower than the outcomes in 2021.  The priority has been processing the Leaving Certificate appeals following the application deadline of 12 September last the results of which will issue on Friday 7th October.

In parallel with the Leaving Certificate appeals, work on the processing of Junior Cycle results has been ongoing, with marking complete in most subjects.  Given the priority afforded to the Leaving Certificate appeals, we are not yet able to provide a date for the issue of the Junior Cycle results.   

Every effort will be made by the SEC to issue these results as soon as possible and to provide candidates, parents and schools with certainty about the arrangements for issuing the results in due course.  

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2023 JC and LC - Assessment Arrangements

Assessment arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2023 are attached below.

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2023 LC Economics - Important Information

Information for Candidates, Teachers & Schools has now been published on the SEC Website and is available here

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2024 LC Home Economics

Important information in relation to Home Economics, for Leaving Certificate 2024, have been released. The documents have been published on the SEC Website and are available here

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2023 LC Computer Science - Coursework Project Adjustments Important Information

The Coursework Project adjustments for 2023 have been published on the SEC Website and are available here

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2023 LC Technology - Important Information

The Technology Coursework Briefs and S 50/22 have been published on the SEC Website and are available here

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2023 LC Economics Brief - Important Information

Important information in relation to the assessment arrangements for Leaving Cert 2023 for ECONOMICS.

The Research Study has now been published on the SEC Website and is available here and also attached below.

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2023 LC DCG Student Assignment - Important Information

Important information in relation to the assessment arrangements for Leaving Cert 2023.

The documents listed below have been published on the SEC Website and are available here

  1. Combined Brief Circular 2023 S44.22
  2. Composite Poster 2023
  3. Student Assignment 2023 (English version)
  4. Student Assignment 2023 (Irish version)

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2023 Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 

Please see document attached below (Assessment Doc English 2023 Final Version.pdf)

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2023 Junior Cycle Visual Art 

Important information in relation to the assessment arrangements for Junior Cycle 2023 – Visual Art

The documents listed below have been published on the SEC Website and are available here

  1. Junior Cycle Final Examination 2023 VISUAL ART Brief for Classroom-Based Assessment 2 and Final Assessment
  2. Circular S46/22 which outlines the arrangements for the distribution of relevant materials for the 2023 examination (the ‘Final Assessment’)

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