Obviously they are, if you think about it, Aoife. The mocks are in mid-February and the junior cert is June. There would be topics that ye haven't yet covered fully in class by February that ye would have done by June, which would naturally make it easier
Aside from having all topics fully covered, more revision done in class and more time to study for the Junior Cert, are the mocks actually harder as exams? Like are the questions usually of a higher standard than JC questions, are they marked harder, etc?
I don't think the mocks were marked harder, if anything I did better in my mocks than in the actual junior cert. It just seems harder because it is your first time sitting something close to a state exam and you will never have enough time in the mocks to completely finish all of your papers.