Why is the Leaving Cert used in College admissions ?

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Leaving Cert results have a long history of use in decisions about third-level or college admissions in Ireland.  Our own published research indicates that there were several progressions along the…

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Are the Leaving and Junior Certs assessments ?

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Both the Leaving Cert and the Junior Certs are particular types of assessment.  Both exams are designed to assess learning across a defined syllabus typically taken over a perdiod of…

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What is the Leaving Cert (or Leaving Certificate) ?

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The Leaving Cert or Leaving Certificate to give it its full name is Ireland's national exam taken at the end of second-level (secondary) education.  The Leaving Cert is a subject-based…

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Are exams always problematic in education ?

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The history of education suggests that once exam results are being used to make important life decisions, the exam system will exert significant pressure on how education works and how…

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What are the most common exam pitfalls ?

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Exams by their nature have many pitfalls and performance in exams is affected by factors such as ability, demeanour, study, preparation, and stress levels. Exam takers can make mistakes in…

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Why do exams generate so much media attention ?

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Come January every year and perhaps more dependable that the seasons, exam season comes strongly into focus.  The holiday season is over and the run in to summer exams begins…

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The Leaving Cert – A Family Affair ?

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Each and every year some 55,000 plus students take the Leaving Cert.  And another 55,000 plus students enter Fifth Year and the first year of the two year Leaving Cert…

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How can exam stress be managed better ?

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Exam anxiety and stress is a real experience for many students.  The psychology of performance suggests that a little anxiety is a good thing, but too much gets in the…

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Can exam skills be learned ?

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Exam skills can be learned and can make a difference to how exam takers perform in exams.  Exam skills range across preparation beforehand to performance in the exam hall.

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