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87% Of Leaving Cert Students In The Midlands Opt To Sit Written Exams

It's D Day for the class of 2021 as the state exams get underway this morning.

It's D Day for the class of 2021 as the Leaving Cert Exams get underway.

This year sixth year students have the option of sitting the exams, accepting calculated grades or choosing both.

87 per cent of Leaving Cert students in the midlands opting to sit the written exams this year.

As students across the midlands get ready to sit English Paper 1 at 9.30, President of the Irish Second-Level Students' Union, Mountrath's Reuban Murray, has this advice:

In any subject where a candidate sits the examination and opts to receive Accredited Grades, they will be credited with the better of the two results.

The written examinations begin on today and will run until 29 June. 

Of those that made a selection on the Candidate Self Service Portal, 99% have opted for an Accredited Grade in at least one subject and 91% have opted to sit an examination in at least one subject.

The full timetable for this year’s examinations is available from examinations.ie.

The number of Leaving Cert exam centres has been ramped up this year to facilitate social distancing.

More than 5,000 centres are being used around the country, to maintain the two metre distance.

Noel Daly, principal of Portlaoise College, says 95 per cent of his students are sitting the exams - so they're separating them out around the school:

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