We have already looked at most parts of the Junior Cycle History Course. We have discussed the three strands:

  1. The Nature of History
  2. The History of Ireland
  3. History of Europe and the Wider World

We have looked at each in detail, we have even discussed some of the chapters within each of the strands. However, in this article, we are going to explore your junior cycle history exam and the assessments. Both the classroom-based assessments and the task assessment.

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Junior Cycle History Exam

The first thing which is important to note is that the junior cycle history is that a common level. This means that all students have access to the same material resources and teaching standards. There are no higher or ordinary levels, neither in the classroom nor in the exams and assessments.

In some ways this is great, it means that students are equally evaluated on the same work. However, for students that excel at the subject or students who find it difficult, this one for all measurements of success, can be a little unnerving.

As mentioned this is a common level subject in the junior cycle, which means there is only one exam for all students to sit history at this level.

So what does this exam involve? Let’s have a look!

The history exam for the junior cycle is broken down into 10 questions. Each of which has a sub-question or questions. 

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These could be several small questions for example you may tick boxes or write a single word or sentence, or they could be just one or long questions. 

For example, they might ask you something like:

choose one of the below settings:

  • a medieval manor
  • a medieval town
  • a medieval castle

Write about at least two of the following:

  • living conditions
  • working life
  • leisure
  • defending the settlement
  • religion
  • illness and death

For this type of question, you would usually write the setting you’ve chosen at the top and then proceed into an essay style piece of writing usually about 3 to 4 paragraphs long.

No matter what the question is whether it’s a long question or short question there is usually at least a photograph if not a snippet of an article or website for you to answer the questions on.

The best advice I can give you right now is to read the piece of writing more than once, read it read your questions and read the writing again. A lot of the time, the answer is usually in the piece you have read. Either the actual answer for example if they ask you what age someone was when the event occurred, this would be in the article you would not be expected to guess this. Or if you are asked for your opinion, the best way to develop one is by re-reading what has been given to you or you may have to look at the picture a bit harder to see what is really going on in the background.

You are given information for a reason, and that reason is to help you understand the question and develop an answer.

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Junior Cycle History Class Assessments

There are two classroom-based assessments as part of the junior cycle history course. Both take place during the year, within school hours during the three years of the cycle.

Let’s take a look quickly at the breakdown of when, where, how, and the grading of these CBA’s:

  • When will CBA 1 take place? Second Year
  • When will CBA 2 take place? Third Year.
  • How many weeks are allocated for students to complete each CBA? Maximum of three weeks.
  • In what format will the work be presented? CBA 1 will be presented as a display. CBA 2 will be presented in a written format.
  • Who will grade the assessment? CBA’s will be graded by the teacher.

CBA 1

The first classroom-based assessment is usually about local history and is displayed as a slideshow or a physical project. It is called “The Past in my Place”. 

You will explore your local or family history, and use images and research notes to display what you and/or your group have discovered. 

Once you have finished your project, he will reflect on it which is not dissimilar to your conclusion in science projects. You will make notes of what you’ve learnt, what you think about your local history compared to before you knew anything, how you felt while investigating your ancestors or locality,  and why you believe it is better to know about the past.

CBA 2

The second classroom-based assessment is a little more specific. And you have to do this one on your own there is no option to undertake this as part of the group. It is also solely a written project which makes it more like an essay than the first assessment. 

This one is called “A Life in Time”. For this assessment, you will choose someone who you have learnt about usually from Strand 3.

You will investigate their life, and create a written record of their impact on history. Don’t forget to reference and include as much of your research as possible before handing up this assignment. Once again you will have to reflect at the end. Summarise what you have learnt something you found out on your own during your research, your opinion of this person, why did you choose this person and finally what you thought of the assignment.

Even though the classroom assessments are graded by your teacher, you still have to do them as if they are the final state examination test assessment. Not only does it give you good practice and how to write properly and clearly it is also great for helping me to learn how to research and compile information.

Junior Cycle History Assessment Task

Let’s take a look quickly at the breakdown of when, where, how, and the grading of the Assessment Task:

  • When will the Assessment Task take place? Following the completion of CBA 2.  The Assessment Task will link to CBA 2.
  • In what format will the work be presented? The Assessment Task will be presented in a written format. It will be written during class time.
  • Who will mark the Assessment Task? It will be marked by the State Examinations Commission (SEC).
  • What percentage of the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) final grade will the Assessment Task be worth? 10%

The Assessment Task is specified by the NCCA and related to the learning outcomes on which the second Classroom-Based Assessment is based and will be marked by the State Examinations Commission.

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Help With Junior Cycle History

If you feel like you’re struggling with any of the assessments or any of the specific chapters within your history course it is always a good idea to look for a tutor.

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Maureen

Hey, I'm Maur/Mo, I'm a writer from Ireland. I've written a novel and a lot of poetry and fiction. Currently, I work as a content writer at superprof