Exam results

Finding out about your exam results can be stressful. And you may be worried or unsure about what's next. But whatever happens there are things you can do and ways to start feeling better.   

Dealing with results

However your results went, there's a lot to think about and there are lots of options open to you. But you can get help with any decisions you need to make.

If you're upset, disappointed, or worried about your future, it can really help to talk to someone you trust about how you're feeling. And Childline is always here for you.

Take as much time as you need to think about what you’d like to do. There’s no need to rush into a decision straightaway.

Exam results days in 2019:

  • Scottish National 5 and Higher exam results - Tuesday 6 August

  • A-level results - Thursday 15 August

  • GCSE results - Thursday 22 August

  • See the UCAS website for more key dates.

Feeling unhappy with your results

Even when you've done well it can be hard to feel satisfied if you haven't got the results you wanted. Whatever you're feeling, you're not alone.

If you're not sure about your results or you feel like you could have done better, it can help to:

  • ask a teacher or someone you trust what they think
  • look at each of your results and think about what you did well and what you could learn from
  • focus on your own achievements, everyone is different and exams are only a small part of what makes you who you are
  • speak to a Childline counsellor about how you're feeling.

Telling your parents about your results

If you're disappointed with your exam results, you might find it hard to tell your parents or carers. But talking about your results can really help.

Your parents or carers can be there to support you and help you make decisions, whatever your results are. Even if they don't react well straight away, they should be there to support you after they've had time to think about it.

If you're worried, it can help to:

  • practise what you'd like to say before you speak to them and prepare yourself for how they might react.
  • tell them as soon as you can instead of putting it off
  • write a letter, or show them your results on paper to start the conversation
  • ask someone like a friend or teacher to be there with you when you tell them.

What do I do now?

Building yourself back up

No matter what your results were there are ways to start moving on and feeling better

  • Remind yourself of what you did well
    Big or small, it can help to list the things you did well in the exams, your coursework       or revision and in other parts of your life.
  • Do something that makes you feel good
    Seeing friends, running, watching a video or anything else you enjoy. It can help to avoid focusing on what people are saying on social media too.
  • Talk about how you're feeling
    Telling someone you trust how you feel can help you cope. Trying speaking to an adult you trust or a Childline counsellor. You could also keep track of how you're feeling after your result with the mood journal in your locker.
  • Decide what you want to do next
    Think about what else you could do if you didn't get the place or course you wanted. Ask for help from your teachers if you're not sure.