TODAY (Wednesday) will see almost 2,000 Offaly students putting their heads down for the Junior, Leaving and Leaving Cert Applied exams.
Some 1,972 will sit their exams at various locations throughout the county. 881 will sit the Leaving Cert, with the number made up of 471 females and 410 males.
Meanwhile 92 will sit the Leaving Cert Appplied exams, 46 males and females.
Elswhere 999 Junior Cert students will also be tested by the state exams, with 492 females and 507 males sitting the exams.
The Leaving Cert begins with English and Communications while the first exam of the Junior Cert will also be English.
For some the exams will be lenghty with some Leaving Cert students not finished until June 24 when they will sit their technology exams.
Meanwhile for the 21 Junior Cert students brave enough to take on Ancient Greek, the exams will not finish until Thursday, June 23.
Nationally some 116,527 candidates will take their seats at almost 4,750 examination centres countywide to begin their Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations.
Richard Langford, Chairman of the State Examinations Commission (SEC), sent his best wishes and those of his fellow Commissioners on behalf of the Commission to all sitting the state examinations in 2011.
He said, “The examinations afford an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate the range and level of knowledge, skills and competencies acquired during their many years of study. The examinations can be a difficult and stressful time for candidates but the support of family, schools and the wider community plays an important role in assisting candidates to achieve the best possible outcomes in these examinations.
“As Commissioners we also recognise that every individual candidate expects high standards in the administration of examinations and assessments and we are committed to delivering on these standards again this year. I wish all those sitting State Examinations in 2011 every success.”
From the June bank holiday weekend, the 4,750 superintendents involved in supervising the written examinations took possession of the boxes containing the 3 million examination papers that are required by candidates over the 13-day examination period.
Over 4,000 examiners will be involved in examining the work presented by candidates in the written examinations. This is in addition to the some 2,000 examiners required to mark the oral and practical tests.
The written examinations in the Leaving Certificate Applied programme finish on Thursday, June 16.