Advice when answering Project Maths Questions

Students – Have a look at this and get some advice on how to answer a Project Maths question!!!

PM Advice when answering

Parents – Practical ways to help your child near the exams

Parents, here are some useful tips for you so that you can be more helpful for your child as the Maths Exam approaches

Parents-Practical ways to help near a Maths exam

Parents – Practical Parenting for Exam Students

Parents – Read this to see how you help your child in a meaningful and practical way!

Parents-Practical Parenting for Exam Students

Advice from Examiner – PM 2014

Checkout this Information from a Seminar from a Maths Exam Examiner 2013/2014

Seminar advice from a Chief Examiner for Project Maths


  • Units Matter – If they are present in your question, they are required in your answer
  • Do not put anything into the calculator that you have not already written on your paper.
  • You could get almost full marks (High Partial Credit) for just one slip/mistake in your question. This could even be 7/10 – See marking scheme for Q5 JCH 2011.
  • You need to be able to deal with real life statistics
  • Past exam statistics questions are great practice for future exams
  • Algebra (Strand 4) is currently the worst answered section
  • Measuring and estimating the heights of objects outside is now a more important part of Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Trigonometry is the second worst answered question
  • The hand symbol is now gone. You now must show your work for all questions
  • You need to practice the steps to solving the unseen problem
  • The Slope of a line is important especially its context in the question. e.g positive correlation–as one increases so does the other
  • Attempt everything on the paper – you could receive some marks (low partial credit (LPC)) for very little work. If you make two or three attempts, they will all be corrected. Your best step in the right direction could get LPC.
  • Marks will be allocated for all work on a diagram printed on your paper.
  • Never rub/tippex out any work even if you think it isn’t neat (Girls – take note). Draw a line through it and it will be corrected.

Junior cert and Leaving Cert Syllabuses for 2014

Click on the  tab above to see the syllabuses for Project Maths 2014 and also to see what changes are in the syllabus from that of the previous year. There is also a button there that will give you information on what is retained on Paper 1 from the old syllabus for 2014. Don’t forget strand 5 will not be implemented at Junior Cert level until the 2015 examination.

Stick at the Honours Maths if you can!

Project Maths and its implementation is remaining a hot topic in the media and with parents. Unfortunately the way it was rolled out was untimely with students heading into 5th year with only the experience of the old way of doing Maths. It has been broadly agreed that this was an error and unfair to those students.  However, the statistics are encouraging for those who wish to have a go at this level of Maths. Up to this juncture, I would have been of the opinion that students would have needed to get a grade B or above in the Junior Certificate higher level paper to take it on at Leaving Certificate. Two things have prompted me to change my view. Firstly, the twenty five extra bonus points for getting a D3 or above and secondly the amount of students that have passed the higher level over the last two years. The statistics are now stacked in favour of the student and so a C student at Junior Certificate higher level should be encouraged to go on the try its Leaving Certificate counterpart. On average 98% of students who attempted the higher level over the last two years passed it and so anyone who has desire and is willing to work hard should by all means hang in there. Naturally other subject teachers would argue that the system is now unfairly balanced in favour of Maths. However, I would point to the amount of time the subject takes up on a weekly basis and also its important link with Science and Technology. A highly educated Maths cohort leaving school in the next few years should signal a return to innovation and growth for our struggling economy.

Good Luck,

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Call Back

Call back and look at this blog regularly as my articles here will keep you up to date with all you need to know for Project Maths exams 2014. I will post articles, tips, advice, checklists, syllabuses among other things as the year progresses!!

Joe 🙂

Well done Junior Certers

A big congratulations to all the Junior Certs on their brilliant results yesterday. The percentage taking higher level maths at Junior cert has risen from 48% to 52%, which is to be welcomed. I still believe that this will increase due to students getting more familiar with Project maths and the incentive of the bonus points. My advice to you going into 5th year would be to have a try at the honours course especially if you got a C or above in your exams. The leaving cert maths course is much more student friendly. If you achieve a D3 or above you will receive 25 extra points so you have a serious think about it as you consider your options. Most teachers will be very flexible and give students a go at the honours if they are in any way willing with a decent result. Well done again and check back later for more Project Maths updates for both Junior and Leaving certificate.