The Leaving Certificate Results Step By Step
Step 1: Accessing your Leaving Certificate Results:
Dates for the 2020 results are not yet available. The following information relates to the retrieval of results.
Students who sat the Leaving Cert Exams during the month of June in any calendar year can access their results in two ways:
- Go to the school and receive your results in paper format along with your fellow students
- Using the candidate self-service portal you can access their results on line
- You must have pre-registered to access this service
- To register you will need: A) -your exam number, the number you used for each paper in the actual exams, this was given to you by the school before you sat the exams; and B) their PIN number, this was also issued by the school before the exams
- Once you have registered you will then have to create a password which you will need to access the results online
Step 2: Calculating your points
Each grade is awarded a certain amount of points. To calculate the total amount of points you have achieved, you need to decide which are the best six subjects only.
You can then use the below scale to calculate how many points have been awarded for each grade in each of the six best subjects (please make sure that you calculate the points based on the correct level [Higher, Ordinary or Foundation]). You can also go online to either CareersPortal here or to the CAO website here and use an online points calculator.
Reminder: students who sat the Higher Level Maths exam and achieved a H6 or higher add a further 25 points to their total if using Maths as one of your 6 subjects.
Points Calculation Grid:
| H5||56|| O1||56|
| H6||46|| O2||46|
| H7||37|| O3||37|
| H8||0|| O4||28|
| || O5||20|
| || O6||12|
| || O7||0|
| || O8||0|
Step 3: CAO offers
After you have received your results and calculated your points, you will need to wait until the CAO First Round Offers are posted. The dates for 2020 are pending, but the below guidance offers a rough outline of the process.
Round 1 Offers
Students who have opted to be sent an email or SMS message from the CAO will receive a message that they have an offer, they then check which one on “My application” .
Others who did not opt for this can go online to “My application” on the CAO website to check whether they have received an offer.
To access this page the student will need:
- CAO application number (received when they submitted their choices to the CAO)
- Their Date of Birth
- The account password
This short five minute video can help to explain the CAO Offer Process. Additional information is also available on the CareersPortal website.
Please remember that only one offer can be accepted and that this may be a Level 8 or a Level 6/7 offer. The CAO system will not register two acceptances at any one time.
Round 2 Offers
If you did not accept an offer in first round or you are yet to receive an offer, you may be offered a course in the second round.
If you accepted an offer in the first round, but it was not your 1st choice course, you may be offered a course which is higher up your list of preferences in the second round.
An additional deadline will be set for acceptance of offers made through the second round, and you should be mindful of this so you do not miss an opportunity to accept your course place.
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