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How to appeal a Leaving Cert result

Information on viewing exam scripts and appealing a Leaving Cert result


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If you are not happy with your exam results and feel that they do not reflect your work or ability, you can arrange to appeal. This means you can view your exam script to see if you think the examiner gave you a fair result. If you think the result was unfair, you can ask for it to be looked at again by another examiner.

It is recommended that you view your paper and take a look at how your answers were marked before applying for them to be re-marked.

How to view your papers

Firstly, you can arrange to view the exam papers in one or more subjects at your school. When you get your Leaving Cert results, you will also receive an application form that shows all the subjects you have taken, which will allow you to select what papers you want to view.

There is no fee for viewing your papers.

Filling out the form

If you want to view a paper in any subjects, you fill out the form, mark the subject/s you want to view and return the form to your school by a specified date. You will then be notified of the date on which you can view your exam papers. You cannot view the results of practical and oral exams – only the written and aural papers. If you decide to appeal a result, all parts of that exam will be reassessed.

Viewing the paper

You can bring one person with you to the viewing. This can include a teacher or parent. The viewing will be at the exam centre where you took your exams (usually your school).

Having a teacher there can be helpful because they will understand the marking system, and will hopefully be able to give an honest answer as to whether your marks were fair or not.

Make sure to check the marks have all been added up correctly, and that the mark you received for each question reflects that marking structure for the paper.

How to appeal your result

Remember that an appeal aims to ensure that your work has been marked fairly - your result may stay the same or be upgraded or downgraded after an appeal.

Filling out the form

If you decide to appeal after viewing your exam papers, you’ll need to fill in another form called Form AP1, provided by your school. Make sure to fill out this form before the closing date. If you miss the closing date, you won't be able to appeal the result.

It might be helpful to read through this form before viewing the paper. This way you'll know what information to look out for, and you can make sure to write it down on the form as soon as possible. Unfortunately, you will not be allowed to bring the form in with you, so it's best to fill it out as soon as possible. 

If you want to bring up specific points about certain questions, find out if you can step out to write them down on the form or on a piece of paper and go back inside to continue viewing your paper.

Fees for exam re-checks

There is a fee for having the exam paper re-marked. Currently, this fee is €40 per exam script rechecked. If you're an LCA student, this fee is €15.50.

If your appeal is successful and you receive an improved grade, the fee will be refunded. If the grade does not go up, you will not get a refund.

Having the script reviewed

Your appealed script will be sent to an examiner to re-mark. This examiner will be different from the person who originally marked your script. However, the same marking system will be used. It is possible to view the new marks after the paper has been rechecked.

When will I know the result?

The results of the leaving cert appeal should be available by the end of September. This means that the college year may have started by the time you receive the results of your appeal. There is a chance your first choice of course could offer you a place after your receive your new results, but it may also be full at that stage. If you are successful and receive a place on your desired course, you will likely have only missed the first one to two weeks of the course.

You may also be able to defer for a year meaning the college will hold your place on the course until the following year.

Talk to the college you're hoping to get into to find out more about your options.

What can I do if I'm still not happy with my result?

If you are still not happy with your results, you can further appeal by requesting an appeal review by the Independent Appeals Scrutineers (select from drop-down list). Forms for this process are provided with your appeal results.

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Published Jan­u­ary 21st2013
Last updated Novem­ber 7th2018
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