Appealing the Leaving Certificate results


You can appeal your Leaving Certificate results.

If you appeal your mark in a written exam, your script will be sent to an appeal examiner for re-marking.

Appealing your mark in the exam

If you are not satisfied with the marks you get in one or more subjects of the Leaving Certificate examination, you can appeal those results to the State Examinations Commission.

Before you appeal your result(s), you can view your examination script and then decide if you still want to appeal. See ‘Viewing your exam script’ below.

Appeal process

Your script will be sent to an appeal examiner for re-marking. This will not be the same person who originally marked your work. The same marking scheme is used for re-marking. This means that appeal examiners apply the same standards in re-marking as were applied to all candidates in the original examination. There is further information about the appeal process on the SEC’s website.

If you are not happy with the outcome of your appeal, you may request an appeal review by the Independent Appeals Scrutineers. Application forms for an appeal review are provided with your appeal results.

Rectification outside of the appeal process

If you have viewed your script and believe there is a clear discrepancy between the mark awarded and the subsequent grade awarded, you also have means of redress. You should ask the Organising Superintendent at the viewing session for a Rectification Outside of the Appeal Process Form.

This rectification service applies only where it is clear that the total mark is inconsistent with the grade awarded and where this matter can be resolved administratively. Information on appealing your results and rectification outside of the appeal process is available on the SEC's website.

Viewing your exam script

When you get your exam results, you can apply to view your examination script. This allows you to see how your work was marked so you can make an appeal if you think there was a mistake.

Exam appeal fees

In 2023, the fees to appeal each subject are:

  • Leaving Certificate €40 per subject
  • Leaving Certificate Applied €15.50 per subject

If your appeal is successful and your subject result is upgraded, you will get a refund of the appeal fee for that subject.

How to apply to appeal your results

You could apply to appeal your 2023 results and pay the fee through the Candidate Self Service Portal from 3 September 2023 until 4 September 2023.

More information about appeal applications for 2023 is published on the State Examinations Commission website.

Where to apply

State Examinations Commission


Tel: (090) 644 2700
Fax: (090) 644 2744
Page edited: 25 September 2023