The short questions were a good introduction to the paper – nothing to upset candidates. That said the phrasing of Questions 3b and 5a i) caused some confusion.
On first reading of the longer questions, the paper seemed to present more challenges that it actually did. Students were happy with the examiners treatment of question 6 (statistics). This question relied in part on students common sense and general knowledge. However, this question appearing on a Leaving Certificate maths paper is open to question, as most of the maths required to answer the question is on the Junior Certificate syllabus. Again, the language used in Part d ii) & iii) was slightly unfair on students.
Q7 – a good question. Student found part d) confusing.
The area and volume question was appropriate.
Overall students that didn’t panic and read the paper carefully, left the exam hall relieved…..