What to do if your results don’t meet your expectations
Administrative errors resulting in incorrect grades will be swiftly resolved
If you are unhappy with a particular grade in any subject you took as a paper in June, or if there is an error in the Leaving Cert results you got today, there is no need to worry as the State Examinations Commission will provide you with whatever supports you need to rectify the problem.
Firstly, in the case of an error on your results sheet, you should immediately bring this to the attention of your school principal or, in the case of external candidates, you should contact the SEC directly. You may have taken a subject at higher level and received an ordinary level grade. Alternatively, you may be missing an entire subject on your results sheet, or have received a grade for a subject you did not take in your Leaving Cert.
In all of these cases it is simply a matter of administrative error, and will be rectified immediately. There may be some delay in relation to the rectification being registered with the CAO, so you may not get the correct offer you are entitled to next Monday, but rest assured that if it is a case of administrative error on the part of the SEC, you will very quickly receive the course offer you are due.
If on the other hand there is no factual error evident on the report sheet, but you believe that the grade awarded does not in any way reflect the pattern of your performance in a particular subject over the past two years, or your perception of how you performed in the examination in June, you will have received a form in the envelope with your results today to enable you to view your scripts on the weekend of August 30th/31st.
To view your scripts you must return this form to your school by next Tuesday, August 20th, and you must personally view the script at the end of the month. You cannot send someone to view it on your behalf, although you may be accompanied by a parent or teacher or any other person you wish to nominate.
View every script
There is no charge for viewing a script and no limit to the number of scripts you may ask to view. As you will be able to see the exact percentage you received once you view your script, you should view every script if you are looking for another five or 10 CAO points to secure a place on your preferred course.
Why should you view a script if you are happy with the grade you received? Each grade such as B1, B2, B3, represents a five per cent band. When the SEC sends out those scripts to be remarked by teachers every September, approximately 20 per cent of such papers are upgraded. One could therefore assume that those candidates who are within one per cent of the next grade up stand a higher chance of receiving an upgrade than those who are four per cent short. Therefore by viewing all your scripts you will know in which subject you are closest to the next grade. It may not necessarily be the subject you are disappointed in.