The 20th August will be a big day for many of you – it’s not only the day that you’ll get your GCSE exam results but it will also be the first ever national results day that you have experienced. It’s natural to feel super nervous about it, as well as a little (or very) excited depending on how your exams have gone.
So you can focus on enjoying your well-earned rest over the summer we’ve pulled together a quick list to ensure you're prepared for your big day.
1. Check out our GCSE results 2015 advice page
There is something here for everyone including an inside guide on what to expect, what to do if you’re unhappy with your results and what happens next. The chances are that if your older brother or sister has already completed their GCSEs that you’ll have a good idea of what to expect. However, it’s still definitely worth having a quick read over to make sure you have everything straight in your head.
2. What to expect on GCSE results day
This is a must read for you, your friends, parents - even your granny! After reading this you’ll be ready to deal with anything and your friends and family will be clued up enough to support you, too.
Read this guide and make a plan for how you want your GCSE results day to play out. Will you want to walk to school alone or go with friends? Jump in the car with your folks perhaps? I actually missed my GCSE results as I was on holiday so my parents had to read out my results over the phone. If you have a holiday planned make sure you let your school know that someone else will be picking up your results on your behalf.
3. What’s the deal with GCSE grade boundaries?
Grade boundaries have already been hotly debated this summer on throughout the exam season on TSR and with "Hannah’s sweets" making the national headlines everyone is trying to predict how things will look on 20th August 2015. On TSR we’ll be creating a 2015 grades boundaries discussion thread in the GCSE forum where you can ask questions and receive advice from other students and our knowledgeable support team. This discussion thread usually goes live towards the end of July and we share the exam board grade boundary information as it is published.
Just in case you're a bit confused about how grade boundaries work here's our simple summary. Grade boundaries consider the overall performance of your year; they reflect whether or not, as a whole, students who sat the exam found it difficult or easy, or rather average. This means that if the majority for the paper very difficult paper, indicated by the lack of correct answers grade boundaries are likely to be lower, whilst they will often be higher if the exam was found to be easy; if the majority of students scored highly. Grade boundaries differ year on year to ensure everyone receives a fair grade.
Check out our 2014 guide for more information.
4. Resits advice
Right now this is something that you probably don’t want to think about and hopefully you’ll never need to. But if you are feeling a little wobbly over how you think your exams went have a read of this guide to help you feel more prepared and in control. Then on results day you’ll feel a little more sure of yourself when it comes to talking to your teachers about your options.
5. Still unsure of whether to go for A-levels or choose IB?
This question pops up all the time on TSR, member Calllu-m’s guide on how to make the choice between IB and A-levels that will best suit you over the next two years is a must-read if you’re still feeling unsure. It also explains why you should consider how choosing one of these routes will impact on your university subject choices and application.
6. Our guide to A-level reforms
If you’re going to be starting you’re A-levels in September make sure you read our student’s guide to A-level reforms. There is a three-year roll-out plan with different subjects reforming at different times, some schools and colleges will continue to facilitate AS levels, others won’t. If you’re unsure it’s best to check sooner rather than later so you know what you’re facing in September.
If you’re considering applying to uni in a year’s time this is one article you should definitely read to ensure you’re ticking all the boxes ready for when you make your application.
Find out how to make the best start to you’re A-levels here.
How are you feeling about GCSE results day?