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Getting your results – the technical stuff

Leaving Cert results day is different for everyone. There’ll be people dying to find out how they did and people who’d rather hide under the bed.

Whatever happens, and however you did, it’ll be OK.

table of resultsIt’s definitively not the be all and end all. Some of history’s brightest people didn’t ace their exams or get where they wanted to be straight away.

Online or at school?

You can get your results at your school or from 12 noon on Wednesday, 16 August on

Do whatever feels most comfortable.

Going to school can actually be a good option: you’ll be with your friends and the camaraderie can get you through. Your principal and teachers should also be around to give help and advice.

That said, you might not want to be surrounded by people and that’s OK too.

Working out the points

Take your time, don’t panic. After all the exams, adding together a few numbers might sound simple, but with nerves it’s easy to count things twice or not at all. Take a deep breath, and take your time.

If you’re not the best at the old arithmetic, get out a calculator, or ask someone to double check it for you. There’s also a points calculator here.

The CAO offers

Each offer will come with a date to accept by – usually seven days later, so it’s important to be on the ball in terms of accepting it. There should be instructions about how to accept within the offer.

The points required for each course will be published in The Irish Times. This will give you a good idea what you might be offered.

Even if you haven’t got exactly the right points, but are not too far off you might still get an offer in the second round.

The CAO rounds

In the first round, offers will be sent to people who got the required points or more for their CAO choices. First round offers are on Monday, 21 August.

In the second round, offers start to go out for places that haven’t been filled. This keeps going until all places are allocated.

If you got the points for your first choice on either the degree or diploma list in the first round, you’ll be offered those. You don’t have the option to pick your second choice, but hopefully you haven’t changed your mind and are delighted with your choice.

Second, third and fourth choices

If you got the points for your second, third, or fourth choice on either list in the first round, you will be offered that, but may receive offers of your higher preferences in the second round.

It’s OK to accept these offers, and change to a higher preference if this arrives in the next week or two. This will automatically undo any previous acceptances. However, if you decide to stick with the original offer, just ignore the new offer.

In some cases, where too many people got the same points compared to the number of places available, there’ll be random selection of people accepted.

Don’t worry, this doesn’t happen very often. You might still get the offer as people accept and turn down places.

Offers will continue after the second round until places are filled. This might take a little while, but it also means you might have options you weren’t expecting. That said, it’s good to keep making plans in the mean time.

Views, checks and appeals

If you want to view a paper, because you want to have something re-checked or maybe you’re thinking of repeating and want to see where to improve, you need to apply to do this by Tuesday, 22 August. There should be a form in your school for this.

Viewings will take place on 1 and 2 September in your school. You can bring one person with you. It might be good to ask the teacher of the subject you want viewed. They should have the most helpful perspective on whether or not to appeal.

To re-check or appeal your result, you need to apply by Wednesday, 6 September and pay a fee. Get this to your school a couple of days before, allowing time for it to be posted from your school to the commission in time.  The results of appeals will be out in mid October. There’s more information on this process on

Changing course

If you start a course and don’t think it’s for you, it is possible to change in the first few weeks of college. Talk to your tutor or student welfare officer for help with this.

This article was last reviewed on 08 August 2017

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