While it may seem like a long time since CAO was the main concern for Leaving Cert candidates, the closing date for the change of mind process is 1st July and brings the opportunity to revisit your application.
The change of mind process allows applicants to the CAO to make changes to their form
During this time, applicants may make any changes they wish to their list of courses. They may add, remove, or reorder course choices. Applicants can add any course to their list even if they did not include it in the application they submitted in February. The only exception to this are restricted entry courses which are clearly marked in the CAO handbook.
Applicants can also make changes to their personal details, should they require. Some restricted applicants may not make changes during this period but further information is available in the CAO handbook.
Applicants should also take this opportunity to revisit their Level 8 and Level 7/6 lists, carefully reconsidering both the courses they have applied for and the order in which they have been placed.
It is also important to check the college alert list on cao.ie, where applicants will find new courses introduced by colleges this year, which may not be listed in the CAO handbook. Applicants will also be able to check for changes in and cancellations of courses as this may influence their application.
Even though change of mind is close at hand, applicants should be careful about making drastic changes to their course listings after their exams. CAO choices should be based on order of preference only and not on how students think they may have performed during the exams. Making impulsive decisions at this point may result in disappointment when offers are received in August.
There is no charge for making changes to the CAO during this period and applicants may make as many changes they like, as frequently as they wish. In order to make changes to their course listing, applicants should log into their account using the ‘my application’ button on to cao.ie. Here they will be asked for their CAO number, date of birth and password. Applicants can then enter their separate lists, either Level 8 or Level 7/6. They should then re-enter all the courses for which they wish to be considered in order of preference.