DAY one of the Leaving Certificate begins today at 09.30 with English Paper One. Throughout the 2hr 50min duration of the written exam, students will be assessed on their ability to write for a specific purpose. In a change to the traditional structure, students this year will choose between Comprehension A and Comprehension B, although the 100 mark composition remains mandatory. The most popular choices continue to be the personal essay and the short story.
After lunch, Home Economics will run from 2pm to 4.30pm. As part of the exam accommodations this year, students must answer 5 out of 10 questions in Section A, as opposed to 10 out of 14 questions (as in previous years). For Section B, students are asked to answer one question from a choice of four, whereas in previous years, it was two questions to be answered.
Almost 5,000 students across the county will sit the written examination this morning, with numbers of up to 55,000 across the country registered to sit examinations. Over 90% of sixth year students have opted to sit the examinations, while the remainder have opted for the calculated grade. Students who are sitting the examination will be credited with the higher result from calculated grade and examination result.
Results will be issued on September 3, much later than in recent years, to facilitate the dual system of predictive grades and written exams. More than 5,000 exam centres are in use across the country to allow for adequate social distancing.