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Each year some 800,000 individual Leaving Certificate examination scripts and other items are marked, so it is inevitable that some errors will occur. The purpose of the Appeals Process is to set right any injustices done in the original marking and grading. The Appeals Process helps young people to get clarity on their results. It also helps to ensure that results are a fair and accurate reflection of the student’s exam performance. Here's how the process works.
Viewing and Appealing – What’s the difference?
Viewing a script is a process whereby a student takes a look at their exam script to check if the marking scheme has been applied correctly. Viewing scripts can give students clarity and allow them to see where they lost marks. For most students a viewing session addresses their concerns.
Some students may notice an error in correction of their script and may look to appeal their grade. An appeal is a process whereby you ask for your exam to be remarked. You can apply for an appeal without viewing your script/s, but it is highly recommended that you view your script before appealing.
How to Apply to View a Script/s
When you receive your results, your exam centre (school) will also receive an application form for viewing of scripts. Simply request this form and fill it in, stating what scripts you would like to view. The completed form must be returned to your school before the specified date (Tuesday 21st August 2018). There is no charge for viewing exam scripts.
The school arranges for the exam scripts to be made available at the school, during one of the three viewing sessions that take place over Friday 31st August and Saturday 1st September. The student must be present at the viewing session- nobody can do it in their place.
Leaving Cert exam scripts Viewing Sessions – what to expect
The student attends the exam script viewing, accompanied by one person of their choice (such as a parent or teacher). The published marking schemes are supplied so that candidates can see how the scheme has been applied to their work.
If a candidate then wishes to make an appeal, then they must do so online using the On-Line Appeals Applications Service, www.examinations.ie. Students will need their exam number and PIN to access the appeals form. Please see How do I appeal a grade? below for more information.
Note: There is no fee for viewing exam scripts.
Advice for script viewing day
For the first time, electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and digital cameras are permitted in the viewing session. Students are permitted to take photographs of their script/s only. Pens and pencils are still forbidden. Given the length of the exam scripts and the fact that pens and pencils are not permitted in the viewing centre, it can be a challenge to record everything on the Form AP1. (AP1 forms are candidate observation forms. They are available on request at the viewing session)
- Bring a mobile phone/ tablet/ digital camera to take an image or your script
- 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 the 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 marking scheme to the Superintendent at the viewing centre.
- Transcribe your notes from the rough paper onto Form AP1 and request that it accompany your appeal application.
How do I appeal a grade?
If a candidate wishes to make an appeal, then they must do so online using the On-Line Appeals Applications Service, www.examinations.ie. Students will need their exam number and PIN to access the appeals form. Students will be asked to pay a fee and at the end of the process they wiil receive an Appeals Confirmation form which they must print off and return to their school by 3rd September.
The On-Line Appeals Application Service is available from 12 midday on Monday 20th August until 5pm Monday 3rd September. The Viewing Sessions take place within this two week window. Students are advised to request to view scripts before making an appeal but this is not a necessity.
Fee: 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.
Results of appeals will be issued in Mid October
What happens if I appeal a grade?
Every appealed script is dealt with by a different examiner from the one who first marked it. The appeal examiners re-mark the work in full in line with the original marking scheme. They are required to respond to any issues raised by the candidate.
After the appeal results are issued, a student can again view their re-marked scripts accompanied by a person of their choice. As well as the script, they can view the responses of the appeal examiner to any concerns they raised about the original marking.
If you are still unhappy, you can refer their appeal to a panel of Independent Appeal Scrutineers, who are fully independent of the staff and management of the SEC and the marking teams. The candidate again has the option of raising any outstanding issues of concern regarding the marking of their work.
What happens if my appeal is successful?
One of the main concerns for parents in relation to the appeals process is the uncertainty it generates about the coming months. The results of appeals will not be available until October. A student may well be four weeks into their second choice CAO course when s/he is offered their first choice course on appeal! Check out the FAQ section of Leaving Cert Appeals page on careersportal.ie to help address some of your concerns with regard to appealing a grade.
View all Key Dates for the Leaving Cert Appeals Process
You can find full information, guidelines and details in the SEC Candidate Information Booklet.