Over four thousand Donegal students begin state exams today

Over four thousand students in Donegal are set to begin their State exams today.

A total of 2,043 are sitting the Leaving Cert in Donegal, almost exactly a 50/50 split between girls and boys. 106 students in the county are sitting the Leaving Cert Applied.

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.

Deputy Director of SpunOut-dot-ie, Jack Deacon, has some tips for students as exam season gets underway: