Over 4500 Donegal students beginning state examinations today

Over 2,000 Kilkenny students begin State examinations today

Exams begin in Kilkenny today

Galway Bay fm newsroom - Exam centres across the city and county will open tomorrow (07/06) as over 6,500 Galway students prepare to sit the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams.

3290 students across Galway will begin their Junior Cert exams tomorrow morning, while 3175 will start the Leaving Certificate.

It's the first exam under the new junior cycle English programme, where the paper accounts for 90 percent of the grade.

The exam schedule kicks off at 9.30am with English Paper 1, with exams set to continue until June 23rd for some.

Education Minister Richard Bruton has wished the students luck, and had this advice: "People have to regard it as a marathon and not a sprint - it's over a long number of days and it's very important to stay fresh through that period".

He added: "The other thing that I always felt was just don't spend time analysing the answers you gave to the questions you've just done [.] It's a bit like playing golf - if you have a bad shot, move on to the next tee".

It's easy to forget until this time of year the sheer numbers sitting state exams in our secondary schools.

"Going through State exams is a stressful for both the students and their parents, but it's important to keep stress at a minimum by staying healthy, eating well and getting enough sleep". The Leaving Certificate in particular is not the be all and end all that many young people think it is.

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