Sweeping new reforms to introduce continuous assessment for half the work done by Junior Cert students are under consideration... This article discusses radical changes to the Irish state exam for 15 year olds that would see 50% of marks awarded for continuous assessment of portfolios and a likely use of online submission so that work can be marked by external examiners (to avoid pressures on teachers associated with them marking their own pupils). The changes are being introduced to stop learning by heart purely to pass the exam.