Preparation for State Exams 2019

Preparation for State Exams 2019

Leaving Cert, Junior Cert and Mature Students

Students should now be in the final stages of preparation for the state exams.


Suggested Guidelines

Have a positive and realistic approach and attitude

– Be positive about the information that has been studied.

– Students have put in a big effort in preparing for the exams over the past two years.

– Research shows that 25% to 35% of students under perform in exams because they do not react in a positive way. Show the examiners the considerable amount of knowledge that you have.


Time management for exams is very important

– Be aware of the marking scheme and the amount of time required to answer various questions.

– Practice writing essential information in the required time.


Be realistic

– While one can still learn a considerable amount of information in the time remaining, nevertheless one needs to be aware of the exam timetable schedules.


Plan your revision in a realistic way

– Be organised, keep focused to exam style questions and the type of answers expected.

– Have a revision timetable.

– Check information available on chief examiners reports, (which give detailed analysis of the standard of answering). Visit to obtain a report on past papers, check information on the chief examiners’ reports, and it also outlines the changes being introduced this year regarding the “Online Marking” facility.


If changing from higher to ordinary level papers

– Be aware of how that may affect entry requirements for college courses.

– It is not advisable to change on the day, as one needs to be prepared for the different levels.


Know the best way to control stress/tension (before, during and after the exams)

– A certain amount of stress is normal when undertaking exams, it is only if the stress becomes distress that it can become a problem.

– If one feels very stressed, I believe it helps to say the word S T O P, saying each letter slowly to yourself.

– Use breathing techniques, drink water or chew a sweet.

– If the stress continues, it may be necessary to leave the exam hall for a few minutes. You can do this by raising your hand and indicating to the exam superintendent that you wish to leave.


Night before exam

– Have all the material you need.

– Do not study new material (avoid cramming).

– Use relaxation methods that you are familiar with.

– Do at least 30 minutes exercise, e.g. walking, cycling, swimming.

– Exercise is a great way to deal with stress.

– Be mindful of the amount of time spent on social media.


Exam day

– Arrive in good time, and have all the materials you require.

– Know your timetable.

– Choose and read questions carefully.

– Make an effort to answer the required number of questions, paying special attention to obligatory ones.

– Make out in advance a rough draft of the main points to be included in the answers.

– Maintain time management strategy.

– Read through your answers before handing up your exam script, making any adjustments and/or corrections if necessary.

– Do not leave the exam hall before time is up as you may be able to make improvements to your answers.

– After the exams, avoid spending too much time going back over the papers, especially when one may have another exam in the afternoon.



– Keep to usual routine.

– Try to be around to support the exam student.

– Have a calm atmosphere in the home.

– Remind other members of the family, that the exam student may be under extra pressure at this time.

– Be mindful of what they eat, and encourage a balanced diet.

– Ensure they drink plenty of water.

– Suggest they take physical exercise.

– Be available to listen to any concerns they may have.

– Ask is there something you can do for them?

– Offer to help with testing if required.

– Check that they are having sufficient rest and sleep.

– Remind them that, irrespective of exam performance and results, they can rely on your love and support.


If stressed, do not feel isolated – seek help from school, guidance counsellors, home or many agencies such as …

Aware Helpline – 1890 303 302 or The Samaritans – 1850 60 90 90.


Students can still make changes to CAO course choices, up to the 1st of July 2019.

Be aware of the CAO changes sent earlier this month.


Leaving Cert results are expected to be available on Tuesday 13th August 2019.

Expected CAO round one offers to be made available on Friday 16th August 2019.


Important Reminders

1 – Students should consider making online applications for QQI/FE (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) formerly FETAC courses or Post Leaving Cert courses.

2 – Check the website to see a full list of apprenticeships now available.


Good luck and best wishes to all.

If you would like to arrange a consultation or if you require any further advice, please contact Roisin Kelleher directly on tel: (023) 885 2996.

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