Postponed Leaving Certificate exams to take place in November

by Dublin Gazette

Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, has announced that the postponed 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations will begin on November 16.

Minister Foley made the announcement today, saying the commencement date is subject to public health advice and stakeholder engagement.

Junior Cycle examinations for adult learners and early school leavers will also commence in November, and will be scheduled for evenings and at weekends.

It was also confirmed that the postponed Leaving Certificate examinations will be written exams only.

The written examinations will be based on the normal question paper format, content and structure as in previous years.

The postponement of the 2020 Leaving Certificate examinations was announced on May 8, with students were offered the option of receiving Calculated Grades and/or sitting Leaving Certificate written examinations at a later date.

Students sitting the written examinations in November who opted to receive Calculated Grades will be credited with the higher subject grade achieved between the Calculated Grade and the written examination.

In confirming that the exams would be written, the Minister said it would not be feasible, or practical, to conduct examinations in oral or practical components or to try to complete unfinished coursework.

In the case of five subjects, the State Examinations Commission will also mark coursework which had been completed prior to school closure, with the marks for same to be included in final grades. These subjects are Home Economics, Design and Communication Graphics, Physical Education Physical Activity Project, Engineering and the LCVP Portfolio.

For more information, visit the Department of Education website here.

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