I’ve Got My Leaving Cert Results. What Do I Do Now?

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Following on from last week’s release of the 2022 Leaving Cert results, many students may be asking themselves the question ‘I’ve Got My Leaving Cert Results. What Do I Do Now?’ This year’s CAO Round 1 offers will be available online from 2pm on Thursday, 8th September and will also be issued by e-mail and SMS text.

If you have applied for a third-level place through the CAO you can convert your Leaving Cert results into points with the CAO’s points calculator here.

When you receive your offer, you have up until 3pm on September 14th to accept it.

CAO Offer

If your offer is not your first choice of course or college, hopefully the offer of one of your other preferences is right for you. You may still get your first choice in Round Two even if you accept an offer that was lower in your list of choices in Round One.


If you didn’t get your first choice, you do have the option to view or appeal aspects of your exams through the Candidate Self Service Portal. If you feel that your markings are incorrect or unfair, you can ask for them to be reviewed. The timelines this year for candidates to apply to view scripts and to lodge their appeal applications are very short. Application to view scripts opens 5pm, Tuesday, 6th September and closes 8pm Wednesday, 7th September. Application to appeal opens 9am Saturday, 10th September and closes 12pm Monday, 12th September. A Candidate Information Guide on Results and Appeals was issued to candidates and is available here


For some, repeating the exam is an option. Maybe you didn’t perform at your best in your exams and would like the chance to do it again and give yourself a chance to get the points you feel you deserve and get your first choice course or college. It’s important to note that you don’t have to go back to your secondary school in order to repeat the Leaving Certificate. You can easily find schools and further education colleges around the country that offer Leaving Certificate repeat programmes.

I’ve Got My Leaving Cert Results. What Do I Do Now?

CAO Offer & Acceptance Dates

8th September (14:00) – Round 1 offers available online.

14th September (15:00) – Round 1 acceptances closing date.

19th September (10:00) – Round 2 offers available online

.21st September (15:00) – Round 2 acceptances closing date.

27th September (10:00) – Round 3 offers available online.

29th September (15:00) – Round 3 acceptances closing date.

4th October (10:00) – Round 4 offers available online.

6th October (15:00) – Round 4 acceptances closing date.

11th October (10:00) – Round 5 offers available online.

13th October (15:00) – Round 5 acceptances closing date.

It is perfectly normal for both students and parents to have lots of questions after the Leaving Cert results have been issued. A Freephone Exam Helpline is provided by the National Parents Council Post Primary (NPCpp).

Call: 1800 265 165.

The helpline is available from 2pm to 8pm from 2nd – 14th September 2022.

The Institute of Guidance Counsellors are employed to provide qualified guidance counsellors to give advice and support to both students and their parents. Full details on the helpline can be found here.

The State Examinations Commission Candidate helpline is available for queries relating to the Candidate Self Service Portal and the services provided through the portal.

The helpline can be contacted at 1800 111135 or 1800 111136 from 10am to 5pm from 2nd September to 12th September.

Outside of these hours queries may be e-mailed to candidateportal@examinations.ie. A range of wellbeing resources developed by the National Educational Psychological Service is also available at www.gov.ie/leavingcertificate


Steven Galvin

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