This year marks a welcome return to externally delivered Junior Cycle examinations.

Students receive Junior Cert results

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) congratulates the candidates who sat the Junior Cycle examination in 2022 and whose results issued today. Individual Statements of Provisional Examination Results have been posted so as to arrive in schools this morning. Schools will also receive a report for the school showing the results for each candidate.

Any candidate unable to attend school can access their results online on from 4pm today. However, the online Junior Cycle results service is not intended to replace the valuable role played by schools in providing Junior Cycle results to candidates. Access to the service requires the use of an examination number and a unique candidate Personal Identification Number and this information has recently issued to schools.

This year marks a welcome return to externally delivered Junior Cycle examinations for all candidates and the first year in which all examinations are being delivered under the reformed Junior Cycle curriculum. In November 2020 and 2021, Junior Cycle examinations were held for adult learners and early school leavers only with examinations cancelled for all other candidates and replaced by school-based assessment.

Until 2019, only English, Science and Business Studies had been examined under the reformed Junior Cycle curriculum. Apart from Irish, English and Mathematics which are examined at Higher and Ordinary level, all other Junior Cycle subjects are now at Common level.

Some 594,000 grades in 21 individual subjects are being provided to 67,130 candidates this year. The overall number sitting Junior Cycle examinations has increased by 4.4% on 2019 and the proportion of candidates who are re-entrants to education has fallen from 0.86 % of the cohort in 2019 to 0.26% in 2022.

Adjusted assessment arrangements were announced in the Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2022 to take account of the disrupted learning experienced by candidates during the Covid-19 pandemic. Candidates taking the Junior Cycle final examinations in 2022 were not required to complete Assessment Tasks for relevant subjects. In subjects with a practical or coursework component some changes were made to the timing and/or requirements of the practical or coursework component.