Further Adjustments to Leaving Certificate Examinations 2022

The Department of Education published Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2022 in August 2021. That document set out the adjusted arrangements for post-primary students taking certificate examinations in the 2021/22 school year designed to take account of the disrupted learning experienced by these students.

As part of the announcement last week on the 2022 Leaving Certificate, the Minister for Education, Norma Foley, TD announced further extensive changes to the written examinations to fully take into account the disruption to teaching and learning experienced by the Leaving Certificate class of 2022. This decision has been taken to provide the Leaving Certificate candidates of 2022 with certainty and clarity about their examinations. These further adjustments, which are the same as those that were implemented for Leaving Certificate 2021, have been finalised between the Department of Education, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and the State Examinations Commission (SEC).

A document setting out these changes entitled Further Adjustments to the Written Examinations – Leaving Certificate 2022 has now been published by the SEC.

The aim of these further adjustments is to lessen the load, as far as is reasonably possible, for candidates both in their preparation for the written examinations and also on the day of the examination. In some subjects the adjustments are in addition to the previous adjustments while in some subjects these further adjustments supersede the previous ones.

These further adjustments apply to the written examinations only. In the case of Gaeilge and the modern foreign languages, there is no change to the aural component, and there is likewise no change to the listening component in music. There are no further adjustments to practical coursework, orals and practical performance tests. Information on the adjustments to these assessment components are set out in Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2022 and these still apply.

The document also sets out the arrangement for Leaving Certificate Applied candidates whereby there will be no adjustment to the final examination papers. The adjustments in August 2021 set out that a scaling, by a factor of 1.15 would instead be applied to the mark awarded. As part of the further adjustments now being announced the scaling factor to be applied is now being increased from 1.15 to 1.25. This is consistent with the approach from 2021 where there was no adjustment to the final examination but that a scaling by a factor of 1.25 was applied to the mark awarded but that the mark is capped at the examination total, this cap will again apply in 2022.

In addition to the document published today, the best guide to these extensive changes are the 2021 examination papers, which are available from the Examination Material Archive. The 2021 examinations papers reflect these further adjustments and will be of great assistance to teachers and students in their preparations for the 2022 Leaving Certificate.

Questions or queries should be addressed to the relevant subject teacher in the first instance.