Results 2017 Helpdesk

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Brian Howard Fri, Aug 18
 
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  • 08:59
    Good morning everyone, and welcome to the Leaving Cert helpdesk. Our expert guidance counsellor Brian Howard will be here until 1pm to answer any questions you may have today regarding your results, the CAO, or anything else. Just click on the 'Contact Us' button to submit your question. In the meantime check www.irishtimes.com/results2017 for information about college life, exam results analysis, and more.
  • 09:34
    With the new grade bands now, do you think the chances of getting an upgrade will be slimmer?

    The new bands are across 10% rather than 5% so it may become harder to move from one band to the next and get a new grade. You could be looking now at needing an extra 8 or 9% to move into the next band. Considering you could possibly be looking at e.g. 5 marks for needed for each 1%, that could leave you looking for 40 or 45 marks to get the increased % you need for an upgrade. The main advice here is to view your scripts before appealing and this way you will know where you are in the bands currently and whether you have much of a chance of moving up or not to the next band/grade.
  • 10:51

    Do you think it is worth appealing a result if you are more than say 2% of 3% off the next grade? i.e. if you are say at 75% but not 78% of 79%, is it worth appealing to try to get to the next grade (assuming no mathematical errors involved)

    As I said in an earlier post this morning 1% could equate to 5or 6 marks in your exam so to make up 3% you may need an extra 18 marks in the exam.   This is a lot to make up, but the only way of knowing for sure is to view your scripts preferably with someone very familiar with the subject content and the marking scheme and see if there is scope in your paper for this type of increase.

  • 10:56

    The advice is generally always to accept the first offer, so that if a second round offer came along, you would still be in the system. Is that correct?

    Yes.   There is no guarantee that you will get any other offers after your first round offer on Monday so it makes sense to accept something on Monday so that you definitely have something.   But by accepting one of the courses you have been offered in round one, this does not mean it is all over.   It is important to realise that you will still remain in the running for a HIGHER preference course and if you become entitled to one you will be offered it in the next round and it is your decision whether to stick with your first round course or switch to the new one.

  • 11:07

    I have 728 points combined with leaving cert and h pat do you think I will have enough points with the new system to study medicine thanks

    I would love to be able to say that you are almost certain to get a place but this year is different as you know and we are all unsure as to how certain course areas are going to appear.   You are certainly well in the running for a place and have a very good chance.   It will be interesting to see  if all the med points still have an asterix beside them this year indicating the use of random selection or will the new system finally get rid of this dreadful feature.   Best of luck Monday.

  • 11:31

    Hi, I was accepted to the dare scheme this year. I was just wondering if I can reapply for a course on the cao next year through dare without having to reapply and send the supporting documents?

    Your DARE eligibility can carry forward for one year without have to submit your supoorting documentation.   However your do need to follow the steps that are laid out on page 12 of the DARE handbook 2017 - this is very important.   I'm sure they will be in the 2018 handbook also.

  • 11:38

    I am short 4 points for 1st choice, 2nd and 3rd are higher points, if I get offered 4th which I'm not keen on and acept, will I get 2nd round offers? I am also viewing 2 subjects.

    If you get offered your 4th preference and you accept it (which is advisable as there is no guarantee you will get any other offers) you will still remain in the running for a place on your preference 3, 2 and 1.   If you become entitled to one of these higher preferences you will be offered it in successive rounds.   Remember, if you accept your 4th preference and after a few days you really decide you don't want to take up the place, you can contact the college and inform them of this.   You are effectively buying yourself some time to think about it.   Best of luck.

     

  • 12:15

    Hi. Apologies but cannot find contact for querying music practical result ?

    This would be the remit of the state examinations committee.   Give them a call on  090 6442700 and they should be able to help you with your query.

  • 12:27

    Hi there, I am 10 CAO points off the course I have as my first preference based on last years CAO points. Based on the new marking system this year, am I likely to have enough points to get my first preference?


    Unfortunately, there is no way of telling for sure.   The general expectation is that cut off points will drop somewhat across the board but we have no way of knowing if this will apply to every course or indeed if there has been an increase in demand for a course will this eliminate any potential points reduction due to the new system.   I'm afraid its  a waiting game until Monday. Best of luck.

  • 12:35

    My daughter probably won't have enough points for physiotherapy but she has similar courses on her CAO, does she phone the admissions office of the universities of these courses listed to find out if they will allow her to transfer after 1/2 years?


    Transfers between courses and colleges are a difficult one to advise on as they are treated very much by colleges on an case-by-case basis as there are so many criteria to be taken into account.   But definitely, based on my experience it is good to ask about them and the right place to start asking questions is the admissions office of the colleges in question.   they may put you in contact with the appropriate faculty to help you.

  • 12:37

    When will 2nd round offers come out?

    2nd round offers will be available online from 6am on Thursday 31st August.   Closing date for these offers is 6th September at 5.15pm.