How to prepare for Leaving Cert results day

Here's what you need to know about getting your Leaving Cert results
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After weeks of waiting, there can be many mixed emotions when the time for Leaving Cert results comes around. 

You might feel excited, you might feel dread, or you could be going through a lot of stress and anxiety, but planning out what you’ll do on the day could help to keep yourself grounded.

Decide how you will get your results

There are two ways to find out your results: in person, or online.

Picking up results at your school

The traditional way of getting results, which most people opt for, is to head to your school on results day. They will give you a hard copy of your results, which you can open and read there, or you can take home with you to look at later.

Some people like to share the joy or the disappointment with their classmates or teachers, others prefer to keep it private. Whatever happens, make sure to share how you feel with someone, whether that’s happy or disappointed.

Getting your results online

You also have the option of logging on to to get your results from midday on results day. This is a great option if you’re abroad, or for some other reason you’re not able to travel to your school.

How do I know how many points I have?

You are given a grade for each subject you sat which earns points in the points system. Your results paper will list out how many points are applied to each grade, or you can consult a points table

Many people find the best way to work out how many points you got is to use a points calculator. Make sure it has been updated to the new points system that was introduced in 2017.

Remember that you can only use the results of your best six grades of one Leaving Cert sitting to calculate your points total.

I didn’t get the points I was hoping for

Some people will be feeling disappointment on results day. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out the way we hope it will, but remember that Leaving Cert results aren’t everything. In a few months time, no one will be asking you what you got in your Leaving Cert, and there are always plenty of other options available. There are many people who ended up on a different path to the one they were expecting, but still found something to do that they loved. If you’re feeling down, make sure to talk to someone.

Here are some things to keep in mind if you didn’t get the points you were hoping for:

Consider appealing your results

If there are certain exams you felt went well but your results weren’t what you expected, you could look into applying for an appeal to have your exam looked at again. In 2021, you can appeal your written exam results and calculated grades. Find out more about appealing a Leaving Cert result.

If you are not happy with your grades, you can submit an appeal. The appeal process will go through these steps:

  • Checking that the data was entered correctly by the school
  • Checking that the data was received and processed correctly by the Department of Education
  • An option to have the process reviewed by independent appeal scrutineers

If students are still not happy, they can choose to sit the exams at a later date.

Consider all of the things you could do next

Whether you decide to go to college, apply for a PLC course, take a gap year, find a job or look into an apprenticeship, there are so many paths you could take. You don’t need to have it all figured out right now. Find out all of your options when finishing school.

Remember there are always other options

Remember, if you don’t get the results for the course you want; there are so many different ways to get to where you want to go. Take the time now to research and think about a ‘Plan B’ in case you don’t get your first choice on the CAO. Take a look at the different study options which could get you to your chosen career via an alternative route.

Talk to someone about your choices

It is a time where you will make many tough and exciting choices. Make sure you talk them over with someone, whether that’s a guidance counsellor, a teacher, a parent, or a friend.

Check in with how you’re feeling

This can be an exciting time, but it can also be nerve-wracking. While Leaving Cert results aren’t everything, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by how much change is going on in your life right now. Take some time to check in with yourself, and with your friends, and notice how you’re feeling.

I’m feeling really anxious

It’s normal to feel anxious around the time of exam results. Find out how to handle exam results stress and anxiety.

Results night

If you’re planning on going out after getting your results, it’s important to stay safe. Emotions are running high, and whether you’re feeling happy or disappointed, alcohol can cause a lot of ups and downs. Find out how to make the most of your results night here.

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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