Managing the pressure of exam results

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After finishing exams it’s completely normal to feel nervous about your results.

Try not to dwell on your exams once they are finished – instead, make time to relax and have fun. Reward yourself for your hard work and try not to over-analyse your responses.

Once you’ve received your results, even if they aren’t quite what you were hoping for, there are several things you can do.

If you need a few more credits to help achieve a qualification because you’re a few short for your NCEA certificate, or you missed a specific standard you needed for a course, there are a range of options available. These include summer school and short courses. Talk to your school or contact us on 0800 697 296. There is also helpful information on the Careers website.

If you want to apply for further study or training, you can talk to providers – many offer ways to achieve the standards you require; or can suggest ways to make your application stand out.

After your exam papers are returned, if you feel that any of your answer booklets have not been marked correctly or the results recorded accurately, you can also request:

  • a review, to check all sections of your booklet or portfolio have been marked; or
  • a reconsideration, if you wish to have your answer booklet reassessed.

You can find out more about reviews and reconsiderations here.

Above all, remember that there are different paths to where you want to go, and it can always be helpful to talk to someone at your school or a family member.

Where to find support: 

If you do need someone to talk to, you might want to start with your school, or here are some other options:

Need to Talk? - Call or text 1737

What's Up - 0800 WHATS UP (0800 942 8787)

Lifeline - 0800 543 354 or (09) 5222 999 within Auckland

Youthline - 0800 376 633, text 234, email or online chat

Samaritans - 0800 726 666

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