Everything you need to know about Appealing your Leaving Cert Results

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On the day of the Leaving Cert results, not all students are happy if they have not received the grades they had hoped. The appeals process allows students to view their Leaving Cert scripts to see where they may have gone down on marks and if they believe they were not awarded the marks they deserved. In 2018, 9,087 scripts were appealed and 1,453 of these scripts were awarded a higher grade. Only 5 out of the 9,087 were downgraded. This means 16% of appealed papers went up a grade. In 2017, I was awarded the next grade in Higher Level Maths. Here, you can find everything you need to know about appealing your Leaving Cert Results. 

Results Day

On the day of your Leaving Cert results, along with recieving your results, you will also recieve a slip of paper which will allow you to view your scripts (exam papers). You have the option of getting all your scripts back to school. This is free and it may even be a good idea for those who have recieved the results they wanted just to see how they performed for each paper. Once you fill out this form, you must return it to your school, generally within the week of receiving your results, but there will be a deadline date on the form anyway. Alternatively, you can apply via the Candidate Self Service Portal between 9am on Wednesday the 14th and 5pm on Friday the 16th 2019. Once you do this, the school's Internals Superintendent will request for your scripts to be sent back to the school and will inform you the day and time the centre will be open in your school to view your scripts. Depending on the size of your school the centre is usually open for one day and for 5-6 hours. You should get in contact with the teacher/teachers that you want to help view your scripts with you and find a time that suits them within the allocated time. 

Viewing Scripts

On the day that your scripts return to the school, you can only review one script at a time and can only have one person with you in the centre to view the script. You are not allowed to bring any pens or paper into the centre so you should have a pen and a paper left outside the room where you can go out to make a note of any errors or questions you believe you should have received more marks for. The first thing you should do when you receive the scripts is check that all the marks were added correctly and that all the questioned were marked. Then you should get the papers marking scheme, open your own paper and carefully and slowly read through both to make sure your paper was fairly marked. If you find a question you feel you should have received more marks for, make a note of it.  The papers marking scheme will be provided by the Internal Superintendent.

Once you have viewed all your papers you must then decide whether or not you are going to make an appeal. Not all appeals are upgraded and some appeals may even result in a downgrade. You must remember that it is the same marking scheme that will be used in the re-check of the paper. The examiner will be a different examiner, called an appeal examiner whose aim is to ensure that the marking scheme was applied properly the first time and where not, will either add or deduct marks. Their aim is not to bring up a candidate, so you must have valid examples of where you believe your paper was not corrected following the marking scheme. For the paper I sent to be re-checked and was awarded the appeal I was 1% off the next grade. I would highly recommend anyone who is over the halfway point between grades to really consider getting their script re-checked as it is more likely to go up than it is to go down a grade. What’s €40 if it means you could get an extra 11 points and your course?

For language orals and projects, the grade you were awarded is not provided with the scripts, you only see the written paper and the aural paper. If you are appealing a language or a subject that has a project, the marking of these will also be re-checked by the appeals examiner.

Filling out the Appeals Form

Once you believe you are more likely to be awarded a higher grade rather than be downgraded, you must fill out the Appeals Form (Form AP1) which will be provided to you by the Internal Superintendent. Or, use the online Appeals Application Service on the Candidate Self-Service Portal, available from 5pm on the 16th of August, 2019. You need your Examination Number and PIN to access this. You fill out a form for each subject you wish to appeal and you state the areas and questions where you believe you should have received more marks according to the marking scheme.  The Superintendent/portal will then give you a letter regarding how you pay for the appeal. Each appeal for the Leaving Cert costs €40 and can be paid by bank giro. This is where you are given a slip of paper stating how much you must pay and you pay this to the bank, the bank will stamp the slip confirming your payment and you return this slip to the school. You will be given a deadline to make the payment and if you have not paid before this deadline and returned the stamped slip to your school, your paper will not be re-checked.

Appeals Results

You will hear in mid September on the results of your appeal. If you have been upgraded, you will receive the €40 you paid (per subject) back. If the upgrade means you would have got your first choice or next preference on your CAO, then the college or university will be notified and then decide whether they will take you this year or hold a place for you on the course for the following September regardless if the points go up or down for the course. If you are still unhappy with the outcome of your appeal, you can get the script re-checked again by the Independent Appeals Scrutineers and you must apply to the State Examinations Commissions for this before a certain date in October.

Hope this helps, send us a message if you have any further questions!

Áine from Studyclix

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