This is my 2018 Leaving Cert Economics Exam script, marked, and shown alongside the marking scheme as set out by the State Exams Commissioner.
My final grade was 377/400 (94.25%), scoring:
When I sat the exam, I felt it went well and there was no particular question that I didn’t answer well, and expected to score up towards 97/98%, so was surprised with the amount of marks I lost. Having said that, there are some great things I’ve picked up from the exam.
Basic Error 101:
I spent too long on the shorts – the most basic of basic – I always tell my students to do 7 full shorts, then come back later on in the exam if they have time, giving them a great chance of full marks, but also not getting stuck on time later on in the exam. This meant I had to rush through some questions later on, and also didn’t get to skim through or re-read any of my answers (and pick up on a few simple errors as you will see during the exam).
Otherwise, there are a few places I lost marks for important definitions and its really helped me identify simple marks that could be lost very quickly, and made me far more conscious in giving out easy marks in class tests going forward.
When scanning my script, I seemed to miss out on two pages – Q3 (C) (ii) and Q4 (A) (i) & (ii), so they aren’t contained in the exam, as well as the long questions 5-8 which I didn’t pick.
I’ve commented on any of my answers that I feel there are plenty of valuable learnings to take from them if you're looking to maximise you or your student's grades – I hope you find this a useful resource for 2019!