(All A-level Students) On Results Day Watch

Poll: What are you gonna do on results day?
Check UCAS first to see if offer has been met (18)
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A2 Students, are you going to:

1) Check if you've met your offer via UCAS before collecting results.
2) Wait till you collect results?
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neither, I'm not going to uni
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neither, I'm not going to uni
Lol, thank you for the contribution.
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A2 Students, are you going to:

1) Check if you've met your offer via UCAS before collecting results.
2) Wait till you collect results?
I doubt I'll be able to wait until college opens, so I'll definitely be checking track. Hbu?


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A2 Students, are you going to:

1) Check if you've met your offer via UCAS before collecting results.
2) Wait till you collect results?
Check UCAS the night before.

Results are emailed anyway.
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Check UCAS the night before.

Results are emailed anyway.
There's no point checking it the night before, they aren't going to give you the decision then :/


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There's no point checking it the night before, they aren't going to give you the decision then :/


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Despite knowing this, I will do an allnighter.
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kinda depends how i think i performed in my exams. i kind of want to wait and open my results first, i feel i would appreciate my results more (if they match my uni offer), but i will probably check track in the morning.


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Despite knowing this, I will do an allnighter.
Where are you hoping to head and for what course?
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I think I would get my results first. If I found out I didn't get in, the walk over there would be killer. Plus I'd have to fake a smile as I left the house.
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(Original post by High Stakes)
A2 Students, are you going to:

1) Check if you've met your offer via UCAS before collecting results.
2) Wait till you collect results?
UCAS won't tell you if you've met your offer

It will only tell you if your firm and/or insurance have accepted you, rejected you or not decided yet. None of those decisions automatically mean anything about your results
(Original post by Kvothe the arcane)
Check UCAS the night before.

Results are emailed anyway.
UCAS wont be updated until 7:30am on results morning.
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UCAS won't tell you if you've met your offer

It will only tell you if your firm and/or insurance have accepted you, rejected you or not decided yet. None of those decisions automatically mean anything about your results

UCAS wont be updated until 7:30am on results morning.
Ah okay, so I guess I mean to check if I've been accepted (which is probably what the majority of people care about hehe).
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(Original post by High Stakes)
Ah okay, so I guess I mean to check if I've been accepted (which is probably what the majority of people care about hehe).
Around 3/20 applicants will have no clear answer on results day. This is either
- because their universities haven't received full results (some times UCAS can't match results to your application in full - UCAS flag these applicants so universities *should* know to hold off making any decision until the results come through)
- because the universities haven't yet decided if they can accept an applicant (this SHOULD be extremely rare - the only times it happens are where universities decide to leave applicants in limbo while seeing if anyone better comes through in Clearing - it's horrible behaviour and if you're in this situation CALL THEIR BLUFF and ask them to reject you then, if they want you then forcing their hand will make them say so promptly, if they let you go then they would have done the same thing days later)
- because universities have decided but haven't got that decision entered onto their system, checked and sent through to UCAS

The last is the most common situation.

Track on Results Day

When will Track update?
Track will go live between 6 and 8am on results day. UCAS are saying 8am - it might go live earlier. It WON'T go live at midnight.

At that point EVERYONE will be able to see any decisions that their universities have sent to UCAS.

Just because it's live doesn't mean it will update for everyone. About 100,000 people last year didn't get a clear answer from Track first thing on Results Day - they had to collect their results and then ring up their firm/insurance unis.

My Track didn't change - is it worth hitting refresh until it does?
NO - once Track goes live again it then gets re-frozen in that state (because UCAS need to handle everyone and their dog hitting refresh constantly). Track WILL NOT CHANGE between 6am and midday. Hitting refresh just slows things down for everyone else.

Give yourself some good karma - get off Track and go and buy the Telegraph(just in case), get together your contact numbers for your unis, top your phone up with credit (and charge it) and get ready to collect your results from School.

My Track didn't change! That means I failed!!!
NO - lots of people last year (and the year before) met their offer but Track hadn't updated. Universities have to MANUALLY compare every set of results with the offer conditions - even if it's a simple YES or NO for every one of those that means a lot of data input to put in to their database to send through to UCAS.

If Track hasn't changed then that means that either:
a) You've met your offer and your uni knows that and hasn't got round to telling UCAS.
b) You've met your offer and your uni doesn't know that because your results got muddled up so they're waiting to talk to you to check before telling UCAS.
c) You've missed your offer but your uni wants you anyway but hasn't got round to telling UCAS.
d) You've imssed your offer but your uni want to make you an offer for a similar but less full course and haven't got round to telling UCAS.
e) You've missed your offer and your uni haven't decided yet whether they can take you or not - they might need to see how many Insurance people they have to take before they know they've got room first.
f) You've missed your offer and your firm uni doesn't want you but hasn't got round to telling UCAS.

In other words - if Track hasn't changed that doesn't give ANY indication as to whether your results are good or bad. In fact in some ways it's good - of those applicants who got a definite answer on results day last year...?....some of them got a definite rejection. Being in limbo for a couple of hours is a GOOD thing compared to that.

My Firm place has confirmed me! That means I passed my A levels!!!
NO - remember - these things are decided MANUALLY....someone somewhere sits down with a pile of UCAS forms and a list of results and ticks off results against offers. If your firm has confirmed you - well done! You're in! BUT don't go into School/College expecting to see a long line of A grades. Just as a lot of unis can be slow in sending decisions to UCAS, some unis are VERY quick and will not only confirm the people who met their offers but will have confirmed a whole BUNCH of people who missed their grades.
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Check UCAS first because I've no insurance choice so I'm in **** if I miss the offer lol. UCAS updates at like 7am or so and if I've no uni place I can go get my results right after and call up other unis asap
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Both at the same time?
My school updates my results online at around 7/8am, and the same with Track.
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A2 Students, are you going to:

1) Check if you've met your offer via UCAS before collecting results.
2) Wait till you collect results?
I'm thinking collect the results, I don't want to be disappointed in my own bedroom, if it comes to that!
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UCAS first, although I'll be getting an email from my college anyway so I don't need to go collect my results
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No idea, but this thread is giving me heart palpitations..
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(Original post by Kvothe the arcane)
Check UCAS the night before.

Results are emailed anyway.
2 years ago my sisters' track updated at 7:30 AM and she got into her insurance, so she called up and got straight through and spent the next 30 mins on the phone to the accom guy going over every single room left in the uni as she had first dibs- ended up going for cheapest but hey ho mistakes online clearly happen!
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I have the exquisite pleasure (sarcasm) of getting my results at midnight before results day, 'cause STEP. I don't think Cambridge updates their UCAS track thingy until much later, anyway.
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