Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics

Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering

The Department of the Built Environment & Extended Campus of IT Carlow will hold a Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics on Thursday 24th August 2017 at 2:00pm.  Tutorials will be held on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 (9:00am-1:00pm & 2pm-5pm) and Thursday 24th August (9:00am-1:00pm). A pass (which is set at 55%) in this examination will fulfil the Mathematics entry requirement for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering programme as an alternative to the Leaving Certificate Honours Mathematics requirement of HC3.

Please note that this exam is not obligatory for entrance to this programme nor are extra CAO points awarded if successful in the exam.

This Mathematics Exam will consist of one 3 hour exam paper and will include questions on the following topics:

  • Trigonometry
  • Logs & Indices
  • Differentiation
  • Algebra

It is recommended that all students sitting this Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics familiarise themselves with the sample paper, as the layout and content of the paper may differ significantly to the Leaving Certificate Mathematics paper layout.

In advance of the examination, the Institute will be holding an INTENSIVE PREPARATORY COURSE for applicants intending to sit this examination. The course will run for two days in August (Wednesday 24th & the morning of Thursday 25th August 2017). As well as preparing students for the special examination, our lecturer will demonstrate the relevance of mathematics in engineering giving useful illustrative examples.

Please note that this course is only open to those candidates who have expressed a CAO preference to study the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering programme in IT Carlow.

TO BOOK A PLACE ON THIS PREPARATORY COURSE PLEASE E-MAIL specialmaths@itcarlow.ie providing the following details:

Name
Address
CAO Number
Mobile number
Please indicate exam only or exam & preparatory course

FAQs

Who should take this exam?

If you have applied through the CAO for entry to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering programme in IT Carlow and may become ineligible for consideration due to not meeting the minimum entry requirement in Honours Mathematics of a result of HC3 or better then you should take this Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics.

Must I have applied on CAO to study the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering programme, CW478, in IT Carlow?

Yes. At application stage for the Mathematics Qualifying examination we will confirm your eligibility using your CAO number.

Do I have to register for the Preparatory Course as well as the exam?

Yes when emailing specialmaths@itcarlow.ie please state whether you wish to do the course as well as the exam. If you only register for the exam initially you can change your mind later and register for the course

Can I sit this exam if I only studied Pass Maths for the Leaving Certificate?

Yes you can still gain entry to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering programme in IT Carlow by passing the Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics. We would also advise that you begin study for this exam as soon as possible.

When do I hear of my results?

We expect to provide you with the result (pass/fail) of the exam within a couple of working days. 

What happens after the exam?

Success in the Special Entrance Examination in Mathematics does not automatically guarantee a place on the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering programme at IT Carlow. However if you have been successful in this exam and you meet the other standard criteria for entrance to higher education, you will be eligible for consideration. IT Carlow will inform the CAO directly of your Mathematics eligibility as it is through the CAO process that places are allocated on this programme according to the points system.

Can I use the result for entry onto other programmes with similar entry requirements?

No. The exam relates ONLY to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering programme at IT Carlow. It does not apply to other IT Carlow programmes or to any programme outside of IT Carlow.

Can I get previous exam papers?

Sample Paper 1
Sample Paper 2

In addition a number of other Irish colleges are offering similar options and have a range of previous exam questions available through their websites. There is also a lot of useful information available at http://www.mathcentre.ac.uk/students/topics/

When is the closing date?

You can apply to sit the exam right up until 9.00am on Thursday 25th August 2017.