Classical Studies (H): A fair paper with excellent options

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Reaction to Leaving Certificate 2022 Classical Studies (Higher Level) by Tadgh McHugh, Classical Studies teacher at The Institute of Education.

Overall, this was a very fair exam, with an excellent spread of options in each topic.

There were no curve balls and no questions that would intimidate well prepared students or cause any issues.

This was a paper that provided students of all abilities with the opportunity to make a decent attempt at the questions and achieve their personal best.

There was an excellent spread of questions in Topic 2, Alexander the Great, with a stand alone battle question, a siege question, a specific event question and a character question. Students familiar with the course will have been very pleased with this choice as the content would be very familiar.

Topic 5, Greek Drama also had a very fair and accessible set of questions that students would be well prepared for. Some slightly tricky wording, and how to distinguish between ‘fair’ and ‘reasonable’, in question 1, part (b), might have thrown some students a bit however.

The variety of questions and the choice available in Topic 6, Ancient Epic, was excellent and accessible to all levels.

Topic 10, Roman Art & Architecture was similarly very approachable and provided students with plenty of opportunity to achieve high marks.