Nervous About Leaving Cert Results? Here’s Our Top Tips

From login details to support systems, here's what you need to know.

The Leaving Cert results are due to be released on Friday morning and if you’re waiting to see how you did, we know how nerve-wracking and stressful this time can be.

Check out our top tips on how to cope.

Be organised

The results will be released this Friday, September 3rd on your Candidate Self Service portal. So it’s super important to be organised the morning of the results to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. If you’re feeling nervous already, you might not want to be fumbling around with passwords or re-checking what time they actually come out at. So, set your alarm, remember they will be available from 10am and have your login details ready to go.

Keep in mind how many points you need for the courses you put on your CAO, and if you’re unhappy with your results, remember that you can appeal your grades here.

Having tools and information like this to hand can help make the results experience a little less daunting, regardless of how you do.

Be kind to yourself

In the lead up to the day, and the day of the results, it’s so important to be kind to yourself. Don’t be cruel or mean to yourself about the results you think you got, or the test you feel you didn’t do well in. Remember that you’re human, you tried your best, and whatever happens will be okay. If you get the course you loved and wanted, great, if you don’t, remember it’s not a measure of how great or special you are as a person. You are still kind, friendly, and important no matter what grades you get.

Plan a support system

If you’re feeling anxious or nervous about what the results will be, it’s really important to share this with a parent, guardian, teacher or someone you can trust. If you’d like support on the day, but you know that your parents will be working or your siblings are usually out and about on a Friday, don’t be afraid to ask someone to be around for you. Whether you get good, bad or indifferent news, it can come with a lot of emotion and it can really help to have someone there will you to express all these feelings with. If you feel you need someone to talk to outside of your friends and family, you can use services like 50808, a brilliant texting service which is free, anonymous and available 24/7. The volunteers at the other end of the phone will provide support, patience and a kind ear to discuss any and all of the feelings you may have.

Remember it’s not the be-all and end-all
Of course, this is the most important thing to remember. You’ve probably been told over and over by people who care about you that the Leaving Cert does not define you, but now is the time when you need to really remind yourself of this. Some people who get their first choice are totally thrilled and go on to enjoy their course, others who get their first choice decide it’s not for them. Some who get their second or third choice end up totally thrilled because it’s actually exactly what they wanted. Others who don’t get what they want at all, can go on to do so many PLCs, apprenticeships or access college another way. And of course, college is not the route everyone needs or wants for an amazing future.

Remember that no matter what happens on Friday, you will go on to do whatever you put your mind to. Because now more than ever, it’s not about getting the right college course or the highest points, it’s about drive, ambition and doing what makes you happy. Being happy or successful can look different for everyone, but all of the options and plans equally valid.