The initial phase of ‘Project Maths’ was introduced to Leaving Certificate students sitting their state examinations in 2012 and Junior Certificate students of the same type a year later – in 2013. Along with widespread controversy and opposition, it brought various changes to the way maths was taught in Ireland, with the state examinations commission hoping to give students more of an understanding of Mathematics and its concepts rather than promoting rote learning and inability to apply your knowledge to real life problems. As a result of this reform, it is recommend that students pay attention to the concepts taught in class rather than particular questions.

Because of importance and the time consuming study that comes with completing higher level maths, an extra 25 points will be awarded to any student who achieves a pass (or higher grade) – assuming that honours maths is in their top six subjects. It is worth noting that if you receive a D3 in Higher Level Maths, you will be awarded a substantial amount of points – 70. Because of ‘Project Maths’ is relatively new, marking schemes aren’t always available for the sample papers, however we plan to create our own marking schemes in the near future to help our users.

Exam Layout?

Paper one is 2.5 hours long and has two sections
Section A – Concepts & Skills, 150 marks in 6 questions
Section B – Contexts & Applications, 150 marks in 3 questions
You must answer all nine questions

Paper two is 2.5 hours long and has two sections
Section A – Concepts & Skills, 150 marks in 6 questions
Section B – Contexts & Applications, 150 marks in 2 questions
You must answer all eight questions but you are given a choice between 6(a) and 6(b) in section A

Unlike other exams, there is no consistency in what question any particular topic will appear. Often questions will test you on a few different topics from across the course. There is also no consistency in the allocation of marks.

Download the leaving cert Maths syllabus (for 2015 onwards)here