Appealing the Leaving Certificate results

Introduction

You can appeal your Leaving Certificate results. However, appealing an accredited grade is not the same as appealing a mark in the written exam.

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

If you appeal an accredited grade, the appeal will only check that your school data was correctly transferred to and processed by the State Examinations Commission (SEC). The estimated percentage mark provided by your teacher cannot be reviewed for re-marking.

Appealing an accredited grade

If you appeal an accredited grade, the appeal will check that your school data was correctly transferred to the State Examinations Commission and that it was correctly processed by them. If you are still unhappy at the end of this process, you can get verification of the SEC’s processes by independent appeal scrutineers.

Under the accredited grades system, the estimated percentage mark provided by the teacher cannot be reviewed.

Students who think that their case has not been processed correctly after the appeals process can make a complaint to the Ombudsman or, in the case of students under 18 years of age, the Ombudsman for Children.

Appealing your mark in the written exam

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

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

Appeal fees for the Leaving Certificate 2021 examination will be published by the State Examinations Commission.

How to apply

In 2020, students used an online portal to appeal their results.

Information on how to appeal in 2021 is not currently available.

Where to apply

State Examinations Commission

Cornamaddy
Athlone
Westmeath
Ireland

Tel: (090) 644 2700
Fax: (090) 644 2744

Viewing your written exam script

When you get your exam results, you can apply to view your examination script.

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.

Page edited: 4 March 2021