English is first paper for all students

Over 120-thousand students will start their Leaving and Junior Cert exams this morning in 5,000 test centres across the country.

English is the first paper for everyone - those sitting the Applied Leaving have it combined with communications.

It's also the first time that a new course in Politics and Society will be tested in 41 pilot centres.

A record 37 per cent have registered to sit higher level Leaving Cert maths, up from about 20 per cent in 2011.

There is also a rise in the number of students who have applied to sit higher level exams in the Leaving Cert for many other subjects.

People have been reminiscing about their leaving cert experiences on twitter: