IT, Tralee Provides CAO Advice

CAO ⿿Do and Don⿿t⿝s

With the CAO deadline of February 1 fast approaching, thousands of students throughout the country will be completing their CAO application forms and making decisions that will affect them for the for the rest of their lives.

Dr. Oliver Murphy, Registrar in IT, Tralee provides some useful â¿¿Do and Donâ¿¿t⿝s to help students with their application.   Oliver says:   â¿¿Students seem to make the same common mistakes every year when completing the CAO form.   For example, it is so important to think not only about your first choice but about what courses you would prefer in descending order should you not get your first preference.⿝

With that in mind, here are Oliver⿿s top 10 ⿿Do and Don⿿t⿝s tips: IT Tralee Provides CAO Advice

DO research your course choices in advance.   Sites like and are very useful as well as the website of the Institution you are choosing e.g.

DO try to visit the college of your choice to get a feel for the environment you will be attending.   Most colleges host open days for this very purpose

DO apply online, as opposed to paper format - it is cheaper and it does not allow applicants to make mistakes by entering a course code that does not exist

DONâ¿¿T leave it to the very last minute, even with the online form as computers can crash!   Apply as early as you can

DO fill in all 20 spaces provided for the ten Level 8 choices and the ten Level 6 and 7 choices.  Give yourself as much choice as possible

DO put course choices in order of preference with what you really want to do first. 

DON'T try to second-guess what the points will be in August

DONâ¿¿T be unrealistic about your choices

DONâ¿¿T forget the "Change of Mind" facility is available until July 1 st

DO use the CAO demonstration for the Online Application process before completing your own application.  It is an excellent demo and will prepare you for real thing!

For More Information:

Brita Lyons, IT, Tralee :   0 66 719 1705 /

Brita Lyons
Marketing Officer
Institute of Technology, Tralee
DDI +353 66 719 1705