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Junior Cycle English - New Specification – Assessment Task and Sample Papers
  1. SEC Guidance re Requirements for the Completion of Assessment Tasks - May Completion Window - Update 20th March 2017
  2. The Assessment Task Booklet
  3. Sample Papers and Circular
A. SEC Guidance re Requirements for the Completion of Assessment Tasks - May Completion Window - Update 20th March 2017

The SEC is responsible for the Final Examinations within Junior Cycle. The SEC has noted that concerns have been raised that some Junior Cycle students may not to date have had the opportunity to complete all elements of the SEC’s Junior Cycle Final Examination in English in 2017, which comprises an Assessment Task worth 10% of the marks which will be undertaken in schools and a Final Examination in June. Both elements are marked externally by the SEC.

Post-primary schools were advised by the NCCA in March 2017 of revised dates for a second calendar window for the completion by third year students of the Junior Cycle English Assessment Task. The NCCA’s advice can be accessed here Junior Cycle Assessment Task update_2016. The new window for the Assessment Task, which forms part of the Final Examination and which is marked by the SEC, will be in the week beginning 2nd May 2017.

This new calendar window and SEC guidance set out here are intended to ensure that all students have an opportunity to undertake the Assessment Task, and, in this way, to complete all elements that are to be marked by SEC within the 2017 Junior Cycle English Final Examination, i.e. students will have access to 100% of the marks available in the SEC Final Examination.

Completion of the Assessment Task in English involves candidates engaging with stimulus material and questions (provided by the NCCA having been developed in conjunction with the SEC), and then completing a booklet provided by the SEC within the set timeframe. The NCCA and SEC materials require candidates to refer to their Collection of Texts, which they have undertaken as part of the reading strand over the period of their study of the Junior Cycle English subject specification. This Collection of Texts is also used for the purpose of Classroom Based Assessment 2 (CBA2). However, it is not necessary for the student’s work in CBA2 to have been assessed by the teacher in order for the Assessment Task to be undertaken.

In order to meet the necessary deadlines, NCCA has advised schools that the latest date for the completion of the Collection of Texts by students, on which the Assessment Task is based, is Friday 7th April, 2017. This Collection of Texts must be completed by students in order to undertake the Assessment Task. The NCCA published the May 2017 Assessment Task online on 24th April. Access to the stimulus material for the May Task can be accessed on the NCCA website www.NCCA.ie under Junior Cycle English.

The SEC does not require access to the Collection of Texts undertaken by students in order for it to mark the completed Assessment Task. Completion by students of the Assessment Task is a separate classroom-based activity designed such that students undertake an externally-designed task under school supervision for assessment by SEC. The marks to be awarded by SEC for the Assessment Task contribute to the grade awarded for the Final Examination and will be reported on by the SEC in the provisional statement of results in September 2017 in the first instance. Subsequently, the grade awarded by SEC for this Final Examination will be reported on as part of the State-certified element of the JCPA.

The arrangements for the management and operation of the Assessment Task are in line with those applying in schools for the conduct of externally-assessed coursework in a range of subjects across both Junior and Senior Cycle, such as Junior Certificate Science or Leaving Certificate History and Geography. The class teacher role in relation to the completion of the Assessment Task is to engage with their students in relation to the NCCA stimulus material and questions in relation to the task, and then to supervise the class in completing the SEC-provided booklet. Class teachers have no role in marking this work.

These longstanding arrangements provide for school supervision and authentication of the completion of work for external assessment by the SEC. For the avoidance of doubt, SEC reiterates that the question of appointing external supervision for the completion of the Assessment Task in English does not arise.

The completed Assessment Task booklets will be securely stored by schools for return to the SEC for marking. In the normal way, schools will be required to complete an undertaking to authenticate that the completed Assessment Tasks are the candidates own work and have been completed in accordance with the NCCA and SEC guidelines.

Students who have already completed their Collection of Texts and the Assessment Task in the original calendar window in December,2016, should not undertake a second Task.

SEC Circular S20/17 provides this guidance to schools along with details of the arrangements for completing the Assessment Task in the April 2017 window (the relevant completion dates shown in this circular have been updated in the NCCA notice to schools dated 20th March, 2017). Copies of the circular and the approval forms for schools to confirm the completion of the Assessment Task have been posted to all post-primary schools. The circular is available here

S20_17 Junior Cycle English Assessment Task - April Completion Window

For further information from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment on Junior Cycle English, click here

B. The Assessment Task Booklet

The State Examinations Commission posted Assessment Task completion booklet for Junior Cycle English to schools in the week ending Friday 2nd December. All schools should have received these booklets. A specimen of the booklet is available here Junior Cycle English Assessment Task Booklet but the task itself should only be completed using the official booklet.

  • No Source Materials should be submitted with the assessment Task Booklet
  • All answers should be contained in the Assessment Task Booklet – No additional pages should be submitted
  • To facilitate all students in completing these assessments, a second window for completion is available as detailed in Section A above.

    Students who have already completed their Collection of Texts and the December 2016 Assessment Task SHOULD NOT complete the May 2017 Assessment Task.

    The following documents are relevant to the December 2016 Assessment Task completion window only and are provided here for information purposes.

    Junior Cycle English AT cover note

    S92_16 Junior Cycle English Assessment Task

    C. Sample Papers and Circular

    In line with the programme of reform at Junior Cycle a new subject specification has been introduced in Junior Cycle English. The new specification will be examined for the first time in 2017. The State Examinations Commission has prepared sample examination papers which can be downloaded below. One ordinary level sample paper and two higher level sample papers have been developed – these provide a guide to the structure and content of the assessment in accordance with the specification. Printed copies of the sample papers have been issued to all second-level schools.

    S86_15 JC English SEC Circular EV IV

    Junior Cycle English Ordinary Level Sample Paper

    Junior Cycle English Higher Level Sample 1

    Junior Cycle English Higher Level Sample 2

    Circular and Sample Papers for New Junior Certificate Jewish Studies Examination 2013

    S64_12 JC Jewish Studies Project Work Circular 2012

    JC Jewish Studies Higher Level Sample Paper 2012 IV

    JC Jewish Studies Ordinary Level Sample Paper 2012 IV

    Circular and Sample Papers for Revised Examinations for Junior Certificate Italian 2012

    JC Italian Higher Level Sample Paper 2012

    JC Italian Ordinary Level Sample Paper 2012

    JC S13_12 Circular re Revised Italian Examination 2012

    Sample Papers and Other Documentation for Revised Syllabi.

    See the Schools/Revised Syllabi section for more detailed information on the requirements of the revised courses.

    2011 Léann Clasaiceach

    Léann Clasaiceach Ardleibhéal
    Léann Clasaiceach Gnáthléibheal

    2009 Technology Leaving Certificate

    Teicneolaiocht Ardleibhéal Roinn A
    Teicneolaíocht GnáthLeibhéal Roinn A

    Teicneolaíocht Ardleibhéal Roinn B and C
    Teicneolaíocht Gnáthleibhéal Roinn B agus C

    2009 Leaving Certificate Design and Communication Graphics

    Graific Dhearadh agaus Chumarsáide Ardleibheal Roinn A
    Graific Dhearadh agus Chumarsáide Gnáthleibhéal Roinn A

    Graific Dhearadh agus Chumarsáide Ardleibheal Roinn B agus C
    Graific Dhearadh agus Chumarsáide Gnáthleibhéal Roinn B agus C

    2006 Leaving Certificate - History , Geography and Russian

    Revised syllabi have been introduced in the Leaving Certificate in the subjects History and Geography. The new syllabi will be examined for the first time in 2006. To download the sample papers or the coursework journals for these subjects simply click on the headings below:

    2006 Leaving Certificate - Irish

    Changes will apply to the Leaving Certificate Irish examinations in 2006 -2008 . Details of the changes and Sample paper are presented below.

    Ceisteanna Samplacha Gaeilge Ardteistéamearacha 2006-2008
    S91 05 Scrúdú na h Ardteistimireacha Gaeilge 2006 2008l

    2006 Leaving Certificate - History

    LC - History - Coursework (RSR) Journal

    LC History - Sample paper - Higher Level - Early Modern Period
    English Version
    Irish Version

    LC History - Sample paper - Ordinary Level - Early Modern Period
    English Version
    Irish Version

    LC History - Sample paper - Higher Level - Later Modern Period
    English Version
    Irish Version

    LC History - Sample paper - Ordinary Level - Late Modern Period
    English Version
    Irish Version

    Leaving Certificate History Marking Indicators Higher and Ordinary Level English Version
    Irish Version

    2006 Leaving Certificate - Geography

    LC Geography - Sample Paper - Higher Level
    LC Geography - Sample Paper - Ordinary Level
    LC - Geography - 2006 Coursework Journal
    LC - Geography - 2006 Coursework Journal

    Leaving Certificate Geography Marking Indicatiors Higher and Ordinary Level English Version
    Irish Version

    2006 Leaving Certificate - Russian

    Changes will apply to the Leaving Certificate Russian examinations in 2006 and thereafter: Details of the changes and sample papers are presented below.

    Circular S61/04 - Russian at Leaving Certificate 2006 and thereafter.
    LC Russian - Sample Ordinary Level Paper
    LC Russian - Sample Ordinary Level Paper - Listening & Comprehension
    LC Russian - Sample Higher Level Paper
    LC Russian - Sample Higher Level Paper- Listening & Comprehension

    2006 Junior Certificate - Science
    A revised syllabus has been introduced in Junior Certificate Science for examination in 2006 and future years. The existing Science syllabus will continue to be examined in some schools. Please ensure that you know which syllabus you are following before accessing the exam paper. Past papers for the existing syllabus in Science and Science with Local Studies are available in the examination material archive. To download the sample papers in the revised syllabus, simply click on the headings below:

    JC Science - Revised Syllabus- Sample Paper - Higher Level
    JC Science - Revised Syllabus- Sample Paper - Ordinary Level

    JC Science Marking Indicators

    JC Science - Revised Syllabus- Sample Paper - Higher Level -IV
    JC Science - Revised Syllabus- Sample Paper - Ordinary Level - IV

    Ardteistiméireacht 2004

    Tugadh siollabais athchóirithe isteach san Ardteistiméireacht sna hábhair Eacnamaíocht Bhaile-Eolaíoch agus Sóisialta, Bitheolaíocht agus Araibis. Scrúdófar na siollabais nua den chéad uair sa bhliain 2004. Ullmhaíodh páipéir shamplacha mar chuidiú do mhic léinn agus do mhúinteoirí. Tá fáil ar na páipéir don Eacnamaíocht Bhaile agus don Bhitheolaíocht ach iad a íoschóipeáil anseo. Beidh fáil ar an Araibis go luath amach anseo.

    Chun aon pháipéar samplach a íoschóipeáil níl le déanamh ach cliceáil ar an gceannteideal:

    LC Religious Education - Sample Ordinary Level Paper link to the LC Religious Education - Sample Ordinary Level Paper
    LC Religious Education - Sample Higher Level Papers link to the LC Religious Education - Sample Higher Level Papers

    Bitheolaíocht Ardteistiméireachta - páipéar samplach - ardleibhéal link to the LC Biology - sample Higher level paper
    Bitheolaíocht Ardteistiméireachta - páipéar samplach - gnáthleibhéal link to the LC Biology - sample Ordinary level paper

    Eacnamaíocht Bhaile, Eolaíoch agus Sóisialta, Ard agus Gnáthleibhéal:

    Scrúdpháipéir shamplacha Ardteistiméireachta don Eacnamaíocht Bhaile Eolaíoch agus Sóisialta i leith an tsiollabais athchóirithe.

    Eacnamaíocht Bhaile Ardteistiméireachta Eolaíoch agus Sóisialta - Páipéar Samplach Ardleibhéal link to the LC Home Economics Social & Scientific - Practical -Common Level
    Eacnamaíocht Bhaile Ardteistiméireachta Eolaíoch agus Sóisialta – Páipéar Samplach Gnáthleibhéal link to the LC Home Economics Social & Scientific - Practical -Common Level

    LC Arabic - Sample Ordinary level paper link to the LC Arabic - Sample Ordinary level paper
    LC Arabic - Sample Higher level paper link to the LC Arabic - Sample Higher level paper

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