DIT offers Leaving Cert Students second chance with Special Maths Exam

Mathematics Competency Test for Engineering Level 8 (Honours) Degree Programmes

DIT has announced details of its Special Maths Examination which will give students a second chance to pursue a career in Engineering. The Maths Competency Test (MCT) will take place on Wednesday, 20 August, and it is for applicants to its Level 8 (Honours) Engineering programmes that require a minimum grade of HC3 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics. The purpose of the Maths Exam is to offer candidates an alternative route to achieve this minimum entry requirement.

In advance of this exam DIT will hold special tutorials on Monday, 18th and Tuesday, 18 August for applicants intending to sit the exam.

The MCT is not obligatory and no extra CAO points are awarded for successful students. Those students that are successful will have met the minimum entry requirement of HC3 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics. The MCT is set at a similar standard as the Leaving Certificate Honours Mathematics examination. Students that have studied the Leaving Certificate Mathematics curriculum at Honours Level are invited to sit the exam.

DIT is currently accepting applications to sit the MCT from those who have applied to DIT for a Level 8 Honours Engineering Programme which have a minimum requirement of a HC3 in Mathematics.

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August 2014 Tutorials & Test

  • Tutorial Dates: Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th August (2 days): Time: 9:30am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm each day
  • Test Date:  Wednesday 20th August commencing at 9:30am (3 hours duration)
  • Location of Tutorials: Lecture Rooms in DIT Kevin St (maximum 40 students per group)
  • Location of Test: DIT Kevin Street [view map]
 

How do I apply?

You can apply directly by emailing your details to Mark Russell at mark.russell@dit.ie  . Details to include are:-

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your CAO number
  • Telephone contact number

Useful links

List of permitted and prohibited calculators in DIT Examinations

DIT August 2008 Maths Competency Test (pdf doc)

DIT August 2009 Maths Competency Test (pdf doc)

DIT August 2010 Maths Competency Test (pdf doc)

DIT August 2011 Maths Competency Test (pdf doc)

DIT August 2012 Maths Competency Test (pdf doc)

DIT April 2012 Maths Competency Test (pdf doc)


DIT Maths Competency Test Syllabus (pdf doc)

DIT April 2013 Maths Competency Test (PDF)

DIT April 2013 Maths Sample Solutions (PDF)

DIT August 2013 Maths Competency Test (PDF)

FAQs 

Why is there a Maths Competency Test?

Most Level 8 (Honours) Engineering programmes in DIT have a minimum requirement of an Honours C3 or higher in Leaving Certificate Mathematics. This is an option available to you to meet this requirement, either in April before the Leaving Certificate exam or after the Leaving Certificate results are issued in August.

Who should take this exam?

If you have applied through the CAO for entry to Level 8 Engineering programmes in DIT and are ineligible for consideration due the minimum entry requirement in Mathematics, then you should take this special exam. If you missed the minimum entry requirement by either scoring lower than HC3 or you changed to the Ordinary Level Mathematics paper just prior to sitting the Leaving Certificate Examinations, then you should take this exam.

Am I eligible for my Engineering programme choice?

Please check the minimum requirements for your chosen programme. For the following DIT Level 8 Engineering programmes, the minimum requirement for Leaving Certificate Mathematics is HC3:

  • DT021 Electrical / Electronic Engineering
  • DT023 Manufacturing and Design Engineering
  • DT025 Engineering (Common First Year)
  • DT081 Computer and Communications Engineering

What is the MCT?

It is a mathematics exam organised, conducted and examined by DIT.  It is an opportunity for applicants to DIT Level 8 Engineering programmes to meet the minimum entry requirement in Leaving Certificate Mathematics.

What Calculators can I use?

List of permitted and prohibited calculators in DIT Examinations

When is the MCT?

It will be held twice this year.  The first sitting was in April and the second will be in August:

August 2014 Tutorials & Test

  • Tutorial Dates: Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th August (2 days) - 6 hours each day - Commencing at 9:30am
  • Test Date:  Wednesday 20th August, commencing at 9:30am (3 hours duration)
  • Location of Tutorials: Lecture Rooms in DIT Kevin St (maximum 40 students per group)
  • Location of Test: DIT Kevin Street [view map]

How do I apply?

Please contact the Admissions Office, DIT to apply for this exam. You can apply directly by emailing your details to Mark Russell at mark.russell@dit.ie  . Details to include are:-

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your CAO number
  • Telephone contact number

What do I need to bring on the day of the exam?

  • A recognised form of photo I.D.
  • Pen / biro
  • Calculator 

Maths Tables will be supplied in the exam hall.

When do I hear of my results?

For the first sitting in April, the results will be sent to you by email after the completion of the Leaving Certificate exams.  For the second sitting in August, we will endeavour to furnish you with a result (pass / fail) of the exam within one week. 

What happens next?

If you have been successful in the MCT, you will become eligible for consideration on the specified Level 8 Engineering programme(s) in respect of the minimum entry requirement in maths.  DIT will inform the CAO directly of your eligibility.

The CAO will allocate places on the programmes according to the points system.

Please note that success in the Special Maths Exam does not automatically guarantee a place on a DIT Level 8 Engineering programme.

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

No. The exam relates ONLY to DIT Level 8 Engineering programmes. It does not apply to other DIT programmes or to any programme outside of DIT.

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