Making sure you get an A in CSPE

March 3, 2016 admin No comments exist

How to Study for Junior Cert CSPE

CSPE is often a subject students don’t know how to study for in the Junior Certificate despite it being extremely easy to perform well in. However with these few tips, and by signing up to JC-Learn, you have no need to worry!

Revise General Notes

I would imagine you have a CSPE schoolbook, and if this is the case, you do not need to know everything in it. However, you should know some of the main things from it that may come up now and then in the Junior Certificate exam. I would also advise to take some of these main areas from the book, and to write your own short notes on them, as it makes it easier to know what to actually study for the exam.

The areas include the seven main concepts, an idea of international politics (european union etc), our legal system, our political set up (how voting works, government set up & terminology, present government ministers and departments etc), and government organisations. In the short questions, you may be asked to identify a politician, a political building or a government organisation logo, so these are things you should study but can all be found in the notes section on this site.

If the prospect of writing even shortened notes on the subject of CSPE is just too daunting and you feel it is a waste time, then just sign up to JC-Learn in order to be provided with all the notes you need to get an A in the exam. This exam is by far the easiest to get an A in, but it does require some study, so if you want this process made much easier, JC-Learn is the answer for you.

Learn Common Short Questions

The short questions often catch people out in CSPE and can be a big cause of losing an A by a few percent. In general, they are very short based on all the chapters in your book. The CSPE exam is very topical so it is important to know the current ministers, Taoiseach, Tánaiste and other world leaders at the time of the exam.

The short questions are often asked about the government, the law, charities, logos, parliaments, world leaders, the EU, notable buildings in Ireland and abroad and Irish and Global politics. You must be able to connect faces of important/political figures with their names and connect important/political buildings with their names too, so clearly this requires a bit of study – just go to JC-Learn for all the help you need.

Concentrate on the Action Project Report early in the year

The action project report is 60% of a students’ overall grade for CSPE, so I simply cannot stress the importance of it enough. The Action Project can seem daunting at first but it’s actually pretty straightforward once you take it in simple steps, as outlined below.

What is it? The Action Project is an active group assignment carried out by CSPE students as part of their CSPE examination. What is the project about? Students choose an action related to one of the seven CSPE concepts. Actions can take many forms such as: inviting a guest speaker; going on an informative class trip; or organizing a charity event. It is important that all students are involved as they will have to write about what they did.

This part of the exam is actually very basic, as long as you are participating fully in the actual action project itself. You can then answer all the questions in the report to a high standard as you have the knowledge to do so.

If you are unsure of the marking scheme, unsure of what to pick for your action project, unsure of the planning process to it, or simply want to see a few sample past action project reports, then you must sign up to JC-Learn now. The website has everything you need for the section, so why not sign up?


Overall, the CSPE Junior Cert exam is very straightforward, but must not be underestimated. If you do want to get an A, without too much work, just sign up to JC-Learn and achieve your full potential.

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