Junior and Senior Courses
school education is divided into two halves - a course which
takes three years and ends with the taking of a Junior Certificate
exam, and a two year course which ends with a Leaving Certificate
exam. After finishing the first three years and the Junior Certificate,
many students voluntarily take an elective "fourth year"
where topics of study are not geared so directly to passing the
national exams. During this elective year projects and more creative
classes are the norm.
look at the exams. I
passed the Graduate Record Exam at the end of four years of college,
and I was put to the pin of my collar to answer some questions
asked of the 15 year olds. Many of the tests take 6 hours (3
in the morning, 3 in the afternoon) and are almost totally essay
answers. It's a tremendous challenge, and the kids are constantly
hitting the books.
There is more information in the Full
Of particular interest are the Irish language requirements for incoming students. Transition year, out of school grinds and tutorials, vocational schools and more are discussed. Key links are provided.