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'Pull like a dog' on English exam

Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 3:48pm

It was D-day yesterday for more than 13,500 Cork students as they picked up their pens and took that initial glance at their first state exam for 2018.

It was English Paper 1 for 6,280 Leaving Certificate pupils, 251 Leaving Certificate Applied students sat their English and Communication exam while 7,119 sat their Junior Certificate English exam on Wednesday morning in Cork.

And who would have thought Cork’s famous O’Donovan brothers would have formed the basis for a question on the Ordinary Level exam for Leaving Cert students?

The question even came with an explanation of why a documentary about Gary and Paul was called ‘Pull like a Dog’.

The second text on the paper was an adapted one based on an interview by Larry Ryan with rower, Gary O’Donovan, who, with his brother, Paul, won a silver medal for rowing at the Olympic Games in 2016.

The brothers weren’t the only Cork people to grace the Ordinary exam pages either. Edited extracts from a speech given by Joanne O’Riordan at the United Nations in New York, when she was sixteen years old, also featured in the exam.

As for the Higher Level Paper 1 exam, there was a surprise for students with one question asking them to use material needed for English Paper 2 in yesterday’s exam.

Kate Barry, an English teacher in Loreto Secondary School in Fermoy told the Cork Independent that while it was a surprise it was a “welcome one” as her students are well prepared for English Paper 2 which will be sat this afternoon (Thursday).

She said: “I’ve spoken to some of the girls on the corridor after the exam and they seem happy with the paper. I don’t think that many candidates would have been caught out by it, but it was a surprise. It was a welcome surprise, any of the students I spoke to were happy with it. ”

As for the Junior Cert English exam, of which there is only one, Ms Barry said that there was no big surprises on the paper.

With today’s English Paper 2 beginning at 2pm Ms Barry advised that students look at the question carefully and think about what is being asked.

“Plan your answer, take what you know and shape it to the question. Don’t just write out chucks of notes that you’ve learnt off,” she added.

Leaving Cert students also sat their home economics exam yesterday while it was Civic, Social & Political Education on the Junior Cert timetable.

The state exams will run until 20 June for Junior Certificate subjects and Friday 22 June for Leaving Certificate subjects.

The written examinations in the Leaving Certificate Applied programme finish on Thursday 14 June.

The results of the Leaving Certificate examinations will be available on Wednesday 15 August 2018 while the results of the Junior Certificate will be available in mid-September.



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