Appealing the Leaving Certificate results

Introduction

Students who are not satisfied with the marks they get in one or more subjects of their written Leaving Certificate examination can appeal those results to the State Examinations Commission (SEC). Before you appeal your result(s), you can view your examination script and then decide if you still want to appeal.

The written Leaving Certificate 2020 examination is postponed until November 2020.

Leaving Certificate appeals and COVID-19

The written Leaving Certificate examination was postponed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Students got a State Certificate of Calculated Grades which has the same status as the Leaving Certificate awarded to students in previous years. Students received their Leaving Certificate calculated grade results on 7 September 2020.

On 14 September 2020, the calculated grade appeal process opened. To appeal you must log in to the Calculated Grade Student Portal. The appeal process will check that your school data was correctly transferred to the Department and that it was correctly processed by the Department.

You can also access your school’s estimated percentage marks and your final percentage calculated marks on the Portal. However, you cannot appeal the estimated percentage mark provided by your teacher.

There is no fee to appeal. Your appeal must be submitted by 5pm, 16 September 2020.

If you are still unhappy at the end of this process, you can get verification of the Department’s processes by independent appeal scrutineers.

If you have exhausted the appeals process and you remain unhappy, you have recourse to the Office of the Ombudsman or, if you are under 18 years of age, to the Ombudsman for Children’s Office.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of the calculated grades awarded or with the result of your appeal, you can choose to sit a written Leaving Certificate exam in the subject(s) in November 2020. If you achieve a higher grade in the written exam than in your calculated grade, your results for that subject will be amended.

If the higher grade means you would have been entitled to a higher offer of a CAO course, you will be facilitated in taking up that place as soon as practicable. However, it is not possible to guarantee that you will be able to take up a college course this year. You can find out more about how appeals will work with the timing of college courses.

Viewing your examination script

The following information applies to the written Leaving Certificate examination which is postponed until November 2020.

When you get your exam results, you can apply to view your examination script. You must make your application online using the Candidate Self Service Portal. Dates for the service in 2020 will be posted on the State Examinations Commission (SEC) website.

The Organising Superintendent appointed by the State Examinations Commission will assign you one of two viewing sessions.

You can find information about viewing marked examination papers on the SEC’s website.

You can bring a digital device (mobile phone, digital camera or tablet) to a viewing session to make a copy of your script.

The SEC’s Viewing of Scripts service is the only chance for you to see your examination paper before the appeal closing date. If you request access to your script under Data Protection legislation it will take up to 90 days for your request to be processed, by which time the appeal process will have closed.

At the viewing you will be given a Candidate Observation Report Form to take away. You can use this form later, if you want to bring any matter to the attention of the examiner at appeal stage.

Appealing your results

The following information applies to the written Leaving Certificate examination which is postponed until November 2020.

Your result may be upgraded or downgraded as a result of an appeal.

If you want to appeal your examination result you must use the online Candidate Self Service Portal.

Appeal process

The following information applies to the written Leaving Certificate examination which is postponed until November 2020.

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

The following information applies to the written Leaving Certificate examination which is postponed until November 2020.

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 (Form ROAP1).

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.

Rules

The following information applies to the written Leaving Certificate examination which is postponed until November 2020.

One person may accompany you when you are viewing your script. You cannot arrange for someone else to view your script in your place.

Rates

The following information applies to the written Leaving Certificate examination which is postponed until November 2020.

Appeal fees for the written examination will be published by the State Examinations Commission.

How to apply

The following information applies to the written Leaving Certificate examination which is postponed until November 2020.

If you want to appeal your examination result you must use the online Candidate Self Service Portal. The service will be available in August. You will need your examination number and PIN to access this service.

When you apply online and pay the fee, you will get an Appeal Confirmation Form which you must print and bring to the Organising Superintendent in the school/centre where you sat your exam

Where to apply

State Examinations Commission

Cornamaddy
Athlone
Westmeath
Ireland

Tel: (090) 644 2700
Fax: (090) 644 2744
Page edited: 14 September 2020