Appealing the Leaving Certificate results

Introduction

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 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.

Viewing your written exam script

When you get your exam results, you can apply on the Candidate Self Service Portal 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.

Application to view your 2021 examination scripts closed on 8 September 2021.

When you apply, the Organising Superintendent appointed by the State Examinations Commission assigns you a viewing session in the school.

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

At the viewing you are 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.

Scripts marked online in 2021

Online access to scripts marked online closed on 12 September 2021.

The Department of Education has published a Candidate Information Guide to Examination Results by Subject.

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.

Read more about viewing scripts in the Candidate Information Guide to Results and Appeals (pdf).

Rates

Information about appeal fees for 2022 will be published on the State Examinations Commission website.

How to apply

Information about appeal applications for 2022 will be published on the State Examinations Commission website.

Where to apply

State Examinations Commission

Cornamaddy
Athlone
Westmeath
Ireland

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

Page edited: 3 February 2022