20 images that sum up the Leaving Cert from start to finish
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20 images that sum up the Leaving Cert from start to finish

4 Jun 201425 Shares

Around 55,000 students across Ireland start their Leaving Certificate examinations today, while 60,000 will sit down to a test drive with the Junior Certificate. Inspired by #leavingcertmemories being shared on Twitter, we’ve compiled the memes that best illustrate the experience.

The Leaving Cert has been a rite of passage for Irish secondary school-leavers since 1924. Students sit exams in the core subjects of English, Irish and maths, as well as a selection of subjects they have elected to study, ranging from history and geography to Japanese and Latin.

The exam papers come in different levels of difficulty – higher (honours) or ordinary level. Once again, bonus CAO points will be awarded to students sitting higher-level maths this year, to encourage more students to aim high in this subject. As a result, 30pc of students are due to sit the honours paper on Friday and Monday – the highest number to date.

What’s most important for students to remember is that studying for the Leaving Cert doesn’t have to be a struggle. You just need a plan.

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Well-prepared students will have been studying all year. Others (also known as ‘the majority’) will have left it to the final weeks to cram everything in.

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But there’s always hope. And hopeful nanas.

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Panic may set in, but you must try to keep a cool head.

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Really, you just have to get the head down and put the hard work in.

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I mean really, really study.

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As the first day of reckoning approaches, students will probably have the timetable learned by heart – at the very least.

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A new-found confidence takes hold.

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Or is it something else?

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It begins, as it always does, with English, Paper 1.

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Both teachers and students can make their best guess at what will come up, but you really can’t be sure until you turn that page.

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Time ticks swiftly by, and the invigilator informs you there are just five minutes remaining.

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Once English is done and dusted, the next core subject is maths.

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Piece of cake.

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Followed by Irish.

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That’s the conditional tense as Gaeilge, for our non-Irish readers

And, before you know it, you can see the finish line.

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Though for students taking subjects that fall later in the timetable, it can still feel a long way away.

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Until, go tobann, it’s all over.

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After the overwhelming relief, comes unmitigated joy.

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Followed by the realisation that your future hangs in the balance as you wait an entire summer for your results.

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Best of luck!

Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com. She joined in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs news. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly persnickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen. When she hasn’t got her nose stuck in her laptop, you’ll find her in the kitchen, at the cinema, or on the dancefloor.

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