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    Results day is looming and TSR tradition means we have to have a countdown thread for everyone to get to know each other, talk about their hopes/fears and generally relax (as well as sharing advice and information before the big day).

    We'll update this post with pointers to advice and support soon but for now introduce yourselves

    Introduce yourself
    1. AS or A2?
    2. What subjects?
    3. How did your exams go?

    For Yr 13:
    4. What university is your firm/insurance?
    5. Which subject?
    6. What grades are required?

    For everyone:
    7. What grades are you predicted?
    8. How are you feeling about results day?
    9. Anything else to add?

    FAQs

    Time Sensitive: Changed your mind about university?
    It's still possible to swap your firm and insurance choices over (or revive an offer you previously declined) but time is running out. If you have changed your mind then ring UCAS and your universities ASAP (ring don't email) and ask if they'll sort out a swap. You have until THURSDAY to get this all sorted instead of adding stress to results day so don't put it off if you're not happy with a choice.

    This also applies if you've got an insurance choice that you're not happy to go to - get on the phone to them and UCAS now and ask them to change your replies so you go straight into Clearing if your Firm reject you. Waiting until the 17 August is setting yourself up for a massive hassle.

    Results
    When do grade boundaries get released?

    These aren't officially released to students prior to results day but some exam boards release them to Exams Officers on the Wednesday before results.

    There'll be an official TSR Grade Boundaries thread stickied in the A-levels forum soon which will have links and more details.

    So far the release dates (to Exams Officers) are listed below:
    AQA: 12:01am Wednesday 16 August on e-AQA
    OCR: Wednesday 16 August on Interchange
    WJEC: No mention of early release
    Edexcel: No mention of grade boundaries in the early release to teachers

    Where is this Countdown from? Your days are dodgy!
    Is from https://days.to/until/a-level-results-day because I'm lazy :p:
    If it's out of kilter with that site then I might have forgotten to edit the thread title - tag me in (PQ ) and remind me.

    When can I collect my results from school/college?
    That depends on the arrangements your school/college make - if you don't know the time then ring them up on Wednesday the 17th (there should be someone in that day) and ask.

    How do I collect my results online?
    Again, this depends on your exam boards and/or your school/college. If you don't know then ask them directly.

    When do unis get our results?
    UCAS get the results from the exam boards approximately a week before results day. They spend a day or two matching them to your applications and then send them on to universities either overnight Friday or Saturday. Universities then spend Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday MANUALLY comparing every offer to the results to decide whether applicants have met their offers or not (and if not whether they can be accepted with lower grades).

    Track on Results Day

    When will Track update?
    Track will go live between 6am and 8am on results day. UCAS say 8am (and 7:30am for Advisers) - it might go live earlier. It WON'T go live at midnight.

    Once it "goes live" 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 every year don't get a clear answer from Track first thing on Results Day - they have to collect their results and then ring up their firm/insurance uni.

    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 - 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 missed 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...?....150,000 of them were rejected by both their firm and insurance and placed in Clearing. 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.

    Results day stats from last year:
    On results day last year:
    58% of applicants were unconditional with their FIRM
    5% were unconditional with their INSURANCE
    1% of applicants were already unconditional with a clearing choice (Scottish/IB/reapplicants who had their results)
    15% of applicants were in limbo waiting for a decision from either their firm or insurance.
    22% were in clearing (either because they had no offers initially, didn't accept an offer initially or both their firm and insurance had rejected them).

    By the end of Clearing last year:
    62% of applicants were unconditional with their FIRM
    6% were unconditional with their INSURANCE
    6% were unconditional with a CLEARING choice
    5% were still in limbo (these are usually international students who don't bother sending through their results or cancelling their applications)
    0.1% were unconditional with an ADJUSTMENT choice
    21% were still in clearing (because they decided to take a gap year or are international and had a place in a university in another country).

    So about half the limbo Track people end up with their Firm, about half find a place through clearing and a smidge end up with their insurance.

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    1.As and A2 (maths)
    2.maths, physics, chemistry, english lit
    3.Pretty well. Not perfectly little mistakes I think I made are still bugging me.
    7.A*AAB
    8.Feeling very eager for results day- 37 days is quite a while still. I do feel fairly confident I've got my predicted grades but it will frankly be quite crushing if I don't. (I know really bad thing to say because even a grade down on everything would still be good results but not as good as I feel I can achieve).
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    Questions 1. A2
    2. Maths, Further Maths, Physics, EPQ
    3. Well (I hope)

    For Yr 13:
    4. University of Bath
    5 Civil Engineering
    6 A*AA or AAA (+A in EPQ)

    For everyone:
    7. A*A*A*
    8. Quite relaxed (for now)
    9. Got rejected from Cambridge (biggest disappointment of my life, but going to try and do a masters or PhD there or somewhere similar in the future)
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    1. AS or A2? A2
    2. What subjects? Sociology (linear), History (linear), Drama (AS counts as 50%)
    3. How did your exams go? Meh. I liked my papers but not sure exactly how well I answered the questions I got

    For Yr 13:
    4. What university is your firm/insurance? Keele for firm and insurance
    5. Which subject? History and Media, Communications and Culture (firm)/MCC (insurance)
    6. What grades are required? BCC (firm)/CCC (insurance)

    For everyone:
    7. What grades are you predicted? BCC
    8. How are you feeling about results day? Slightly sick and very anxious - especially if UCAS doesn't update when I need it to
    9. Anything else to add? Literally so glad to be out of school - I just need the results so I can move and be happy!
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    1. A2
    2. Computing, Maths, History, EPQ and General Studies
    3. Most of my exams went solidly though not exceptionally. I feel like I messed up one of the History papers and one of the Maths papers.

    For Yr 13:
    4. Firm is Liverpool and my insurance is Aston
    5. Computer Science
    6. ABB for Liverpool, BBB for Aston

    For everyone:
    7. ABBD (A in general studies, D in maths) I think I'll probably end up with something like BBBC
    8. Bit apprehensive I'm confident of getting into Aston but not certain about Liverpool and I'd be dissapointed if my results in say History didn't match my expectations going into the exam period.
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    1. A2
    2. Psychology, Sociology and English Lit (and general studies but that doesn't really count for anything)
    3. I don't think the papers were too bad but I'll just have to wait and see.

    4. University of Sussex
    5 Psychology
    6 ABB

    7. A*AA
    8. Extremely nervous but excited.
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    1.Both(new linear A-levels).
    2.Biology,Chemistry and Maths.
    3.Meh.
    4.Firm-Warwick,Insurance-University of Birmingham
    5.Biomedical science
    6.AAB,although I want to get AAA so I can go into adjustment.
    7.Don't really have a clue,but it was low.Last time I think it was BBB.
    8.Nervous.Just want to get my results and leave the school as soon as possible.I am not even going to hang around.
    9.Worried.I am so rubbish at exams.
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    Questions
    1. AS or A2? A2
    2. What subjects? Music, English Lit, Spanish, French
    3. How did your exams go? Impossible to say with humanities honestly, although I will say that I got an A in French hahaha

    4. What university is your firm/insurance? Durham is firm (although I may be taking a gap year to do an internship)
    5 Which subject? Music <3
    6 What grades are required? AB (A in french already achieved)

    7. What grades are you predicted? A*AAA/A*A*AA
    8. How are you feeling about results day? Probably have a more accurate answer closer to results
    9. Anything to add? Some of these bullets don't have dots next to them which bugged me lol
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    Questions
    1. AS or A2? AS
    2. What subjects? Classical Civilisation
    3. How did your exams go? Quite good - the first one was a nice paper and the second, although not as good as the first, still went fine

    For everyone:
    7. What grades are you predicted? A
    8. How are you feeling about results day? Completely neutral at the moment as it's so far away but I'll be a bit nervous on the day - luckily it's only one AS, nothing is relying on this grade
    9. Anything else to add? Pineapple doesn't belong on pizza.
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    1. AS or A2? A2.
    2. What subjects? Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry.
    3. How did your exams go? They were good in general but there are 3 exams that are getting to me. I'm almost certain I missed the A* in Further Maths .

    4. What university is your firm/insurance? UCL /KCL.
    5. Which subject? Mathematics.
    6. What grades are required? A*A*A/AAA.


    7. What grades are you predicted? A*A*C.
    8. How are you feeling about results day? Just want it to come around already. Feeling optimistic though.
    9. Anything else to add? Not at the moment.
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    1. AS or A2? A2
    2. What subjects? Maths, Politics and History
    3. How did your exams go?

    For Yr 13:
    4. What university is your firm/insurance? Firm is Durham and insurance is Surrey
    5 Which subject? Economics
    6 What grades are required? A*AA and AAA respectively

    For everyone:
    7. What grades are you predicted? A*A*A
    8. How are you feeling about results day? Don't actually want it to happen...
    9. Anything else to add?

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    Questions
    1. AS or A2? - AS
    2. What subjects? - Geography,History,GOVPOL,English LangLit
    3. How did your exams go? - Not sure tbh leaving the exams I was confident then soon after confidence decreased

    For everyone:
    7. What grades are you predicted? - I am predicted AAAC at AS
    8. How are you feeling about results day? - Scared my hard work won't pay off
    9. Anything else to add?
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    1. AS or A2?
    Both in one year (17 exams eekk...)
    2. What subjects?
    Economics, Maths, Geography, Further Maths
    3. How did your exams go?
    Hard to tell but i fell i'm on the borders of boundaries for all my subjects

    4. What university is your firm/insurance?
    Cambridge Firm
    Durham Insurance

    5 Which subject?
    Asian and Middle Eastern Studies/Combined Honours

    6 What grades are required?
    Firm: A*A*AA
    Insurance: A*AA

    7. What grades are you predicted?
    A*A*AA
    8. How are you feeling about results day?
    Nervous... Think at worst, i've got AABB (I think)
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    1. A2
    2. Chem, Bio, Maths, EPQ
    3. Maths was okay, biology was...eh and chemistry was horrific - no exam for EPQ of course

    4. Cardiff is my firm and Liverpool is my insurance
    5. Accounting
    6. Both AAB

    7. Predicted AAA
    8. I'm freaking out, so scared and nervous
    9. I was in hospital for 9 months (August 2016 to May 2017) with no teachers, and 3 months of Year 12 too, so had to teach myself, and I am very very worried about what my results will be. Just want to get a place!
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    1. A2
    2. Maths, Chemistry, Economics
    3. C3 was my only bad exam because my brain melted
    4. Warwick firm, no insurance
    5. Economics
    6. A* A A
    7. A* A* A*
    8. Nervous because I don't know if I got A* A* A*. An A* in Maths is looking unlikely for me
    9. I'll retake C3 next year if necessary
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    Questions
    1. AS or A2? A2
    2. What subjects? Maths, Further maths, Physics, Chemistry
    3. How did your exams go? Of my 13 exams, 2 could have been better (both of them maths). the rest I am was fairly happy with, so all in all they went quite well.l

    For Yr 13:
    4. What university is your firm/insurance? Cambridge/Loughborough
    5 Which subject? Chemical Engineering
    6 What grades are required? A*A*A in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, in any order, for Cambridge. AAA in maths further maths and either Physics or chemistry for Loughborough (if I've remembered properly (neither is particularly fussed about my chemistry grade))

    For everyone:
    7. What grades are you predicted? A*A*A*A (A in Chemistry)
    8. How are you feeling about results day? Really nervous about the Maths and Physics Results, since one of my dodgy exams determines whether or not I get the A* in Maths, and Physics I tend to skirt the A*/A boundary
    9. Anything else to add? Good luck to everyone with their Results, here's hoping we can all get our Firm choices.
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    (Original post by eruditeprincess)
    1. AS or A2? A2
    2. What subjects? Sociology (linear), History (linear), Drama (AS counts as 50%)
    3. How did your exams go? Meh. I liked my papers but not sure exactly how well I answered the questions I got

    For Yr 13:
    4. What university is your firm/insurance? Keele for firm and insurance
    5. Which subject? History and Media, Communications and Culture (firm)/MCC (insurance)
    6. What grades are required? BCC (firm)/CCC (insurance)

    For everyone:
    7. What grades are you predicted? BCC
    8. How are you feeling about results day? Slightly sick and very anxious - especially if UCAS doesn't update when I need it to
    9. Anything else to add? Literally so glad to be out of school - I just need the results so I can move and be happy!
    Don't worry too much if Track doesn't update - just go in and get your results, then phone your firm/insurance to make sure they know your results
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    1. A2
    2. Chemistry, physics, maths and further maths
    3. Pretty well I think...
    4. Firm = Imperial. Insurance = UCL
    5. Physics (but trying to change to Chemistry atm)
    6. A*A*A
    7. A*A*A*A*
    8. Anxious but excited at the same time
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    (Original post by Amine_18)
    1. A2
    2. Chemistry, physics, maths and further maths
    3. Pretty well I think...
    4. Firm = Imperial. Insurance = UCL
    5. Physics (but trying to change to Chemistry atm)
    6. A*A*A
    7. A*A*A*A*
    8. Anxious but excited at the same time
    How do you plan on changing to Chemistry?
 
 
 
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