Irish History Junior Certificate Examination

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The Irish History Junior Certificate Examination is an achievement test offered in Ireland. It is one of a suite of Junior Certificate Examinations the country uses to assess students. It has two difficulty levels, Higher and Ordinary. This subject is not required at a national level. However, many schools make it compulsory. Most students choose to complete the Higher Level exam.

Ordinary level[edit]

The Ordinary Level exam lasts 90 minutes. It includes four questions. The maximum score is 180.

Questions
Number Type Mark Recommended time to spend
Question 1 Sources: Pictures 35 marks 15 minutes
Question 2 Sources: Documents 35 marks 15 minutes
Question 3 Short Questions 60 marks 20 minutes
Question 4 People in History 50 marks 30 minutes

Higher level[edit]

The exam lasts 150 minutes. It includes six questions. The maximum score is 270.

Questions
Number Type Mark Recommended time to spend
Question 1 Picture Questions 35 marks 10 minutes
Question 2 Document Questions 35 marks 10 minutes
Question 3 Short Questions 60 marks 20 minutes
Question 4 People in History 50 marks 25 minutes
Question 5 Long Document Question 30 marks 15 minutes
Question 6 One of four options (see below) 60 marks 20 minutes

Questions 1, 2 and 5 are mandatory. Only 10 of the 20 sub-questions in Question 3 are required. Question 4 includes two sections. One sub-question from each section must be answered. In Question 6, only two of four possible sub-questions need to be completed. The four sub-question topics are:

  • Question A: Unknown until exam
  • Question B: Social Life
  • Question C: Political History
  • Question D: WWI & WWII

Topics[edit]

Topics include:

  • Historians, Archaeologists, Sources
  • Ancient Rome
  • Ancient Ireland
  • Early Christian Ireland
  • The Middle Ages/Medieval times
  • Monks and Friars
  • The Renaissance
  • Exploration and Discovery
  • The Reformation
  • Plantations in Ireland
  • The Revolution in America: 1775-1881
  • The French Revolution: 1789-1799
  • The Revolution in Ireland:1798
  • The Agricultural Revolution
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The Transport Revolution
  • Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century
  • The Home Rule Crisis in Ireland:1910-1914
  • The Easter Rising and After:1916-1918
  • War of independence and Civil War:1919-1923
  • Cumann nan Gaedheal in power:1923-1932
  • Fianna Fáil in Government:1932-1948
  • The Inter-Party Government:1948-1951
  • From 1950 onward (Different Governments)
  • Northern Ireland:1920-2000
  • Dictatorship (knowledge of characteristics)
  • Fascist Italy
  • The Nazis take power in Germany
  • Hitler's Five Steps to War
  • World War II:1939-1945
  • The Super-powers & the Cold War:1945-1991
  • Social Changes in 20th Century Ireland

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