Junior Cycle English

Junior Certificate English is a very approachable exam designed to let you show off what you know rather than catch you out. About 75% of the exam will be unseen until you open the paper.

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What's on the Junior Certificate English course?

  • Reading
  • Personal Writing
  • Functional Writing
  • Media Studies
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Fiction

What's the Junior Certificate English exam like?

The Junior Cert English exam is essentially testing the quality of how you write (express yourself) and your understanding of other writing. 

Any tips for doing well in Junior Certificate English?

Make sure you pay attention to the details like grammar, punctuation, spelling, and handwriting. Good vocabulary is very important to doing well so try and take note of any new words you come across. A good way of learning quotes is to record yourself saying them and then play them back on your phone. Before you start writing a longer answer such as an essay try and put together a quick plan.

Check out the Junior Cycle English Curriculum

Download the Prescribed Material for Junior Cycle English

Download the Junior Cycle English Chief Examiner's Report (2017)