The Junior Certificate Examination (commonly referred to simply as the Junior Cert) is a mandatory Irish 2nd level test accredited by the State Examinations Commission. The test is taken in a secondary school student’s third year and not before age 14. A student usually takes between 10 and 11 subjects, including Maths, English, Irish and a foreign language. The exams last for up to two weeks. Students will have ten subjects to be examined on. In February students will also sit a pre-junior cert which gives them an insight in what the junior cert will be like in June.
Subjects that will be tested on the Junior Cert cycle are as follows: Irish, English, Maths, French/German, Science, CSPE, History, Geography
Optional subjects are:
- Home Economics
- Business Studies
- Technical Graphics
- Materials Technology
The students will also take SPHE, information Technology, Physical Education and Religion