More than 62,500 students have received the results of their Junior Certificate exams this afternoon. 

The results were given to students at their schools and will also be available online from 4pm.

There has been a very small increase (1.5%) in numbers sitting the exam this year compared to last.

This is the second year that sees students examined in the new English syllabus, which is assessed and marked in a new way.

English was the first subject introduced under the new reformed junior cycle programme.

Instead of receiving the old alphabetical mark such as an A, B, or C, student achievement in English has been recognised with grades such as 'Distinction', 'Higher Merit', 'Merit' etc.

Later this year students will be issued with a Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement.

It will combine the marks they receive for the exams they sat in June with achievement in classroom-based assessments and in shorter non-examinable courses.

Next year will see students examined for the first time in new Science and Business specifications under the reformed junior cycle programme.

New subject specifications have been introduced on a phased basis for first year students over the past few years.

This year's first year students have begun studying new frameworks in Maths, Home Economics, Music and History.

Last year, saw the introduction of new syllabi for Irish, Modern Languages, and Visual Art. These subjects will be examined for the first time in 2020.