New CAO Points Scale


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today launched a new CAO points scale which will be used for entry to higher education from 2017. Click here for Full Article

Announcing the changes, Minister O’Sullivan said, “In April I announced a package of ambitious reforms designed to better support students transitioning from second level to higher education, including a new grading scheme for the Leaving Certificate to be used from 2017. The new progressive points system which I’m announcing today is a vital element of those reforms.

The main features of the new scale, which was developed collaboratively by the universities and institutes of technology, are that:

it maintains the current alignment between the points awarded for achievement at Higher Level and the points awarded for achievement at Ordinary Level;

the difference in the points awarded for each grade varies, reducing the probability that students will achieve the same overall points score. This will help to minimise the allocation of places in higher education by random selection;  

New Leaving Certificate Grading Scale and Revised Common Points Scale (pdf)

Time Table of CAO Events 


CAO Website 

Bonus Points for Higher Level Leaving Certificate Maths 

Points Information 2015

Points for TR001

Points for Level 8

Points for Level 7 & 6

Compare Round 1 Points for Level 8 2015 with 2014

Compare Round 1 Points for Level 7 & 6 2015 with 2014

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