Next Wednesday, August 16th, is Leaving Cert 2017 results day and the new points system will come to life. For anyone who does not know how the points system works, here is a table which explains the changes:
The new points system aims to "ease the pressure on students to achieve marginal gains in examinations", as described by the CAO website here.
However, they have not addressed one very important question, how do we know whether we have done better than our older siblings?
To help with this issue, we have created a new to old conversion tool, available on this webpage.
In comparing possible total CAO points using the new and old points system, the biggest discrepancy lies with students who received six higher level E grades.
Pre 2017, a higher level E grade meant 0 CAO points. However, now the same grade will earn you a H7, and in turn a whooping 33 CAO points.
So, back to our student who received six E grades. Pre 2017 this would have meant you received a total of 0 CAO points. However, from 2017 onwards you will be rewarded with 198 CAO points, for the same result. Here is a screenshot of our converter:
Best of luck to all students receiving their results next week!