Appealing the Leaving Certificate results


Students who are not satisfied with the marks they got in one or more of their Leaving Certificate subjects 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.

Viewing your examination script

When you get your exam results, your school will also get a personalised application form which you must fill in if you want to view your examination script. You must return this form to your school by a specified date – in 2018, this is 21 August.

The Organising Superintendent appointed by the State Examinations Commission will assign you to one of the 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

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

If you want to appeal your examination result you can use the online Appeals Application Service. If you will not be able to use the online service you must contact SEC for a personalised appeal application form. See ‘How to apply’ below for more information.

Your application to appeal your 2018 examination results must be received by Monday, 3 September 2018.

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.


The appeal fee is €40 per subject for the Established Leaving Certificate and must be paid in advance. The appeal fee for the Applied Leaving Certificate is €15.50 per subject. This fee is returned to you if the result is upgraded. Refunds will be made through your school, if you are entered for the exam by your school.

How to apply

If you want to appeal your examination result you can use the online Appeals Application Service. The service will be available from 12 noon on 20 August 2018. 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 no later than 3 September 2018.

If you will not be able use the online service, you must contact the SEC for a personalised appeal application form. You must bring this form to a bank and pay the appeal fee. The bank will stamp the top part of the form to confirm payment. You must bring the stamped form to the Organising Superintendent in the school/centre where you sat your exam no later than Monday, 3 September 2018.

Where to apply

State Examinations Commission


Tel: (090) 644 2700
Fax: (090) 644 2744
Page edited: 20 July 2018