Students who were disappointed with any of their Leaving Certificate exam grades and who submitted an application to review their marked scripts to help with the decision to seek an appeal, will be attending their school to examine the scripts over the coming days. Script viewing takes place on Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September. Here is some advice for the event.
Viewing your marked Leaving Cert exam scripts
The student must attend the exam script viewing. They can be accompanied by one person of their choice (such as a parent or teacher). If several subjects are being reviewed, this person can be a different teacher for each subject but only one person can be with the student at any given time.
Note: Teachers are not obliged to attend this session. If you would like a teacher to view the script with you then it is on you to request they attend and make arrangements with them.
Advice for Attending the Viewing Session
- Prepare in advance of the session. Get reacquainted with the exam paper and identify what areas you expect to have excelled in and what areas you struggled with.
- Read over the exam marking scheme. Marking schemes will be available in the viewing centre but time is precious in the viewing session. Remember it took you three hours to complete most of these exams. It can take a long time to read over and analyse an exam paper. Doing a bit of groundwork beforehand will steal back some time.
- Arrive on time to make the most of the limited time of the viewing session. It’s better to arrive early so you have the option to leave early rather than arrive late and run out of time.
- If you are looking at more than one paper then prioritize your work. Start with the subject that you feel you were really disappointed with.
- Bring a calculator. Tot up your marks to ensure there isn’t a mathematical error in working out your grade.
- Be aware that many of the Leaving Cert papers are marked out of 400 marks and upwards. That means you need to find 4 marks to raise your total by 1%. Also be mindful of how many marks/per cent you are away from the next grade i.e. H1, H2 etc. You will only achieve more points if your marks go up enough to raise you to the next grade band.
- Pens and pencils are forbidden however for the first time mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras are allowed in the viewing centre. Without use of a pen it can be challenging filling in the AP1 form. Follow these tips to help you
- Take a photo of the section you wish to query
- Leave a sheet of paper and pen (as well as your Form AP1) outside the viewing centre.
- If you discover an error in marking, leave the viewing centre and record both the number of the question and the answer that you are disputing.
- Note the reason why you are disputing the marks for your answer, on your rough paper. e.g.: Question 9 (d) All points on the marking scheme are covered; only 9 out of 12 marks scored.
- Repeat this process as many times as are required for as long as it takes you to go through your exam paper.
- Return your exam paper and the marking scheme to the Superintendent at the viewing centre.
- Transcribe your notes from the rough paper onto the Form AP1 and request that it accompany your appeal application.
To make an appeal, Form AP1 must be completed and submitted.
What is the fee?
There is no fee for viewing exam scripts. There is a fee of €40 for each (Leaving Cert Established) exam appealed. The fee for LCA subjects is €15.50. The appeal fee is payable in advance but is refunded if the appeal is successful.
To find out how the appeals process works, click here.
View all Key Dates for the Leaving Cert Appeals Process
You can find full information, guidelines and details in the SEC Candidate Information Booklet.
The CareersPortal Team