Junior Cycle exam and results
Junior Cycle exam
The Junior Cycle examination is held at the end of the Junior Cycle in post-primary schools. The Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) has replaced the Junior Certificate. It adds a classroom-based assessment based on the work completed by the student during second and third year.
The written examination takes place in June of the third year of the Junior Cycle.
You can get information about the assessment arrangement for the Junior Cycle 2024 exams and previous Junior Certificate examination papers.
Junior Cycle results 2023
The Junior Cycle 2023 exam results were issued in schools on 18 October 2023.
If you can't attend your school to get your results, you can get your Junior Cycle 2023 exam results online from 4pm, 18 October 2023. Your school will have provided you with a unique PIN and examination number for you to access your results online.
The Junior Cycle 2023 written exam ran from 7 June 2023 to 19 June 2023.
Junior Cycle awards and grades
In 2022, the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) fully replaced the Junior Certificate. It adds a classroom-based assessment to the exam which is based on work completed by the student during second and third year.
More information about the changes to the Junior Cycle is available from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).
Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement grades
|90 or over||Distinction|
|75 but less than 90||Higher Merit|
|55 but less than 75||Merit|
|40 but less than 55||Achieved|
|20 but less than 40||Partially Achieved|
|Less than 20||Not Graded|
From 2014 to 2021, both the old Junior Certificate grade bands of “A-NG” and the new Junior Cycle descriptors of “Not Achieved-Distinction” appeared on the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Award.
Junior Cycle exam fee
There will be no fee for the Junior Cycle exam in 2024.
Junior Cycle results
You can get your results from your school and on the State Examinations Commission website. To access your results online you need your examination number and PIN number. You can get both these numbers from your school.
Getting your results from previous years
To get a certified statement of examination results, you can apply online. You must provide the following personal details:
- Full name
- Name at the time of the examination (if different)
- Current address
- Daytime phone number
- Date of birth
- Year of examination
- Name and address of school attended
- Examination number (if known)
Find out more about applying for a statement of examination results.
How to appeal your results
If you want to appeal your Junior Cycle examination results, you should apply through your school. Appeal applications must be submitted to SEC by 5pm, Tuesday, 24 October 2023.
In 2023, the appeal fee for each subject is €32. The fee will be refunded if a higher grade is awarded as a result of the appeal.