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The changing face of exam results day

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:43 pm    Post subject: The changing face of exam results day Reply with quote


The revisionís over, the exams have been sat, now comes the agonising wait to see how youíve fared. For millions of GCSE and A level students up and down the country the next few weeks will be one of the most stressful periods to date, with their exam results determining whether they will continue in education, head for the world of work or even combine both.

New research shows that today's generation of students are ready to see a change in the traditional process of having to visit schools or wait for the postman to pick up those crucial grades. With the Internet allowing us to do pretty much anything these days, statistics show nearly three quarters (73%) of people believe students should be allowed to access their results online, a system operational by one exam board in the UK - Edexcel - who has around 40,000 students from 2,000 schools signed up to collect their results securely online this summer.

Of those questioned half say they would prefer to be on their own opening their results. But in the event that the grades aren't as expected, who are students more likely to turn to? The research shows that 31% would seek advice from their tutors, followed by parents. However, during the summer holidays it is very hard to contact the right subject staff in schools or colleges on results day to get the advice needed. is Edexcelís student-dedicated website that provides advice, guidance and support for those who need help deciding what to do next - including what resits are available, and when. It also provides signposts students to many other useful sources of information and support.

Students are being advised to plan effectively for all eventualities as they wait for results day and to recognise that, regardless of results, there are plenty of options available to them. For instance many students each year chose to study closer to home, either full or part-time, through local further education centres with qualifications such as BTEC Higher National Diplomas, and then transfer onto the final year of a degree programme at universities around the world. In the UK this means they might only incur the one year of university fee.

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