Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science

Lorraine – Higher Level Lorraine O Conor. Scoil Ruain

After having to wait almost a week for this final exam I just wanted it out of the way. I didn’t sleep a wink last night and words can’t describe how nervous I was this morning.

With Ag Science you have to answer 6 out of the 9 possible questions. Genetics and soil are definite questions so I did them but not before tackling question 1 which carries 60 marks. I answered the 6 short questions from question one with no bother. I was quite happy with them.

I then did the genetics question which was a dream to be honest. In Part A we were asked to define some genetics terms, no problem there and then we had a lovely cross which I was delighted to see on the paper. There was no surprise with it at all! Cross a bull heterozygous for both traits with a polled white cow, easy. Part C of the genetics question caught me though, what was EBI? I certainly can’t remember seeing that before.

I did the soil question then. Again another question that wasn’t too difficult but just required a little bit of thought. I think I managed it quite well. The experiment that came up here was the experiment to determine the soil texture by using a sieve. Overall it was a nice question.

I’m quite happy that my question 1, genetics and soil questions were good but what came after that I’m not so confident about. I did my best with them but I found that you really had to hit the nail on the head with the answers. I just hope I’ve done enough to at least get a decent grade along with the project.

All done now, let the celebrations begin!

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