The questions on the actual exam paper (65%) include three on biology, three on chemistry and three on physics – obviously each question has many parts to it.
The junior cert science experiment book with all the mandatory experiments (10%) follows a format of you stating the experiment, equipment used, method, results and conclusion, and drawing a diagram.
The last day of exams this year was June 19th, seven-and-a-half weeks ago. The State Examination Commission (SEC) figures do not include the exact number of exam scripts that were corrected; some of the 375,000 results are for subjects that have two exam papers, such as English, maths and Irish.
Between then and now, 2,000 teachers corrected examination papers to issue 375,000 results today to 57,000 students who sat the Leaving Cert. There are almost 800,000 individual Leaving Cert components to be marked, including oral and practical tests, along with project coursework. Assuming the 375,000 results are the product of a greater number of exam scripts, each teacher corrects an average of more than 188 papers, well in excess, for example, of the 70 to 150 papers French teachers mark over a 10-day to two-week period for the Baccalaureate exams in that country (see story, below).
The superintendent from each centre filed a daily report with information such as the level of attendance for each subject.