Wednesday, May 24, 2023

THE State Examinations Commission (SEC), intends to issue this year’s Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) Exam results to candidates on Friday, August 25, a full week earlier than last year’s release date.

Since the start of the school year, 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 examination programmes.

A total of 134,800 candidates are entered to take this year’s examinations, an increase of almost 2.6% (+3400) compared to last year, which was the first time a full set of examinations were run since 2019.

Of the total, 60,200 are entered to sit the Leaving Certificate examinations while 3,800 are entered to sit the LCA.

Similar to last year, there are a number of significant factors which have made providing a date for the issue of the Leaving Certificate results difficult until now. There will again be a series of deferred examinations for candidates who miss their examinations in the main sitting due to close family bereavement or serious illness, accident or injury.

According to a spokesperson: “The SEC has set out to address shortages in the numbers of teachers undertaking roles with the SEC, especially to mark the written examinations, through a whole-of-system review, in which all of the education partners were included.  Arising from this process which has included a revitalised recruitment campaign, enhanced rates of payment, and very active support from teacher unions, school leadership and management bodies, the number of written examiners is at a higher level than at this time in 2022.

“The commitment to avoid a ‘cliff-edge’ in the profile of results is likely to require an adjustment to the marks awarded to students through the marking process which can only be applied once all of the marking has been completed.  This step will add time to the results process in comparison to a normal (pre-Covid) year.”

Results will issue to candidates through the Candidate Self Service Portal available at and on 

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