The State Examinations Commission has extended the deadline for Leaving Certificate students to confirm their choices regarding how they wish to be assessed this year.

The deadline for finalising the choice of examinations, Accredited Grades, or both for each subject, as well as the confirming of whether to be assessed for Accredited Grades at Ordinary or at Higher level, was this evening.

However, it has now been extended by 24 hours, with 6pm tomorrow evening the new deadline.

The State Examinations Commission said the decision was taken "in the best interests of the candidates to provide them with every opportunity to confirm their choices".

At 4pm this afternoon - just two hours before the original deadline was due to expire - 10% of students who completed the initial registration process last month had yet to confirm their choices.

54,300 students, or 89% of the total, had completed the process.

Students can do this online via the Candidate Self Service Portal.

The SEC says a helpline is available until 6pm tomorrow on 1800-111135 or 1800-111136.

All candidates must confirm their choices through the portal, even if their choices have not changed since they registered in March.

The SEC says that this is the final opportunity for candidates to indicate the level at which Accredited Grades will be awarded.

The latest information on all aspect of the 2021 Leaving Certificate is available at and