Categories JC Blog (2016)

Junior Certificate Metalwork (Materials & Technology)

Shane – Higher Level Shane Macken

Ah, my last exam! I went in not worried because I love Metalwork and made sure my project and day practical were perfect so I could get as close as I could to that 75%.

Today went great! It was a lovely paper and very manageable. I answered all parts of Q1 A and left out the second last part of Q1 B. Then I did Q2 which asked you to design a bus stop. I love Q2’s so I actually enjoyed this. Then I did Q3 and there was no surprise as a Blast Furnace came up. Then I did Q4 and discovered I still had an hour or so left.

Out of the remaining 5, 6 and 7, I did Q6 because it was the best. I then went back and went over the paper several times just so I could hear “Time’s up” for the last time. So I am finished! The Junior Cert was as I expected and I feel I did really well in reflection! I wish everyone the best for their remaining exams and want to wish you the best for the summer and in 5th Year or TY!


Joe – Higher Level Joe Mee - Scoil Ruain

It is the final count down to my very last exam. Today I was in high spirits as I enjoy metal work but more than that I won’t have to do another state exam for three years.

The pick and mix question, aka question 1 was formatted the same as most years with question on engines, circuits and about the design of the trike.

Question 4, the furnace question, was a blast and bronze came up in the question too.

The metal work exam unlike many others doesn’t have great time restraints, which allowed me to spend way too much time drawing a bus shelter and then a bench for question 2.

Then question 5 was interesting, half on drones the other on gears. I’ve always had an interest in drones so I enjoyed the first half but was a small bit lost when it came to gears and I just couldn’t connect.

I am so glad to be done and best of luck to anyone with exams left!

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