NCEA results to be released today

Most teenagers will be a bundle of nerves awaiting the release of their NCEA results this morning, but one Wellington teenager is keeping cool despite the pressure.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) will release the NCEA results by mid to late morning, ending a summer of anguish and expectation for more than 143,000 students.

Taita College year 13 student Emily Marshall said she was not too worried about the whole thing and spent yesterday afternoon at a beach with friends.

"I'm pretty relaxed but I do need certain credits for certain classes," she said.

"There was a lot of new stuff in the exams so I was a bit worried that I hadn't passed but I'm not really freaking out like some people will be."

The 18-year-old said she hoped there was no repeat of last year when high volumes of traffic crashed the NZQA website and students were left with an anxious wait for results.

"I actually just waited until two days later for them because it was just not worth it as everyone was on there."

NZQA deputy chief executive Richard Thornton said the website normally handled up to 60,000 hits a day over release time, but sometimes got that many in an hour, which was when overloading could occur.

"I guess the message is a bit of patience."

Results were expected to be available by late morning, Mr Thornton said

Miss Marshall said in an ideal world she would be able to access the results on her laptop as soon as they were posted.

"That would be nice, that's the plan but if that doesn't happen I don't mind waiting but it is a bit frustrating."

If she passes all her subjects Miss Marshall plans to do a bachelor of creative technology at WelTec, utilising her passion for the arts.

The Dominion Post