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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.

Dates for appealing the November 2020 written Leaving Cert results

Students can view their results and access the appeals process through the Candidate Self Service Portal.

  • Students can apply to view their scripts from Wednesday, 3 February at 9am to Thursday, 4 February at 5pm
  • Students will be able to view their scripts between Tuesday, 9 February at 12pm and Wednesday, 10 February at 12pm
  • Students can apply to appeal their results between Tuesday, 9 February at 9am until Friday, 12 February at 5pm

How to view your papers

It's a good idea to view your papers to see how you were marked before you apply to have it appealed. There is no fee for viewing your papers.

Apply to view your scripts

You can only apply to view your scripts online through the Candidate Self Service Portal. You will need your username and password which you will get when you register on the portal.

You can only view your scripts during the viewing times listed above. It is not possible to arrange to view the scripts at any other time.

Viewing the paper

For students appealing results in February 2021:

Normally, you can view your scripts in school along with one other person. However, for students viewing their 2020 Leaving Cert results in February 2021, you will be able to view your scripts online through the Self Service Portal.

For students appealing their results after February 2021:

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.

Apply to appeal

If you want to appeal your examination result you must use the online Candidate Self Service Portal and apply to have the paper appealed before the deadline.

Fees for exam re-checks

For students appealing results in February 2021:

There is no fee for appealing result for exams taken in November 2020.

For students appealing their results after February 2021:

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?

For students appealing results in February 2021:

Given that the academic year has already started, if you qualify for a higher CAO offer following your appeal, you will receive a deferred offer for that course to begin in September 2021. You will be contacted by the college in the week beginning 8th February with details about your deferred offer. 

If you wish to take up this deferred offer, you will need to fill out the CAO for 2021, and the deferred places will be issued in July.

For students appealing results after February 2021:

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.

Need more information?

We are here to answer your questions and talk through your options. Our online chat service is for 16 to 25 year olds and is available Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm. Chat to us now about your situation.

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Published Jan­u­ary 21st2013
Last updated Novem­ber 7th2018
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