NCEA website passes the test

Site holds out as thousands check results

CALLY MARTIN
Last updated 07:59 16/01/2014
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WHAT A RESULT: Garin College student Paddy Sanders, 16, right, checks his NCEA Level 2 results with his friend, Kale Woodward, 17, at Paddy's Monaco home on Wednesday.

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Teenagers across the country are hopefully breathing a sigh of relief as they are finally able to check their NCEA exam results.

Students sitting their level one, two and three NCEA exams were able to see yesterday if they passed or failed after the long summer wait.

Prepared for a large influx of student queries, NZQA announced via Twitter they had quadrupled staff in their call centre to help with forgotten passwords and other issues.

Luke Burke, who just sat his year 13 exams at Waimea College, had briefly checked his results and was pleased with how they went.

"I got a little surprise, I got a national certificate in drama," said Mr Burke, who now plans to study drama in Wellington this year.

Garin College student Anna Robinson said her year 12 exam results were mostly what she expected, but was a bit worried about maths because "it's not [her] forte."

In previous years, students have reported issues with the website as it deals with a high volume of people logging on at the same time.

While she had not logged on as soon as results were available, Anna said she had no problems signing in to check how her exams went.

Fellow Garin student Paddy Sanders said he was not nervous about his results, but felt more confident with his music and English exams than physics.

Paddy said a bit of pressure was taken off as he had already passed a lot of his classes before doing the external exams.

Receiving results for the first time at level one was Waimea College student Sami Jordan.

Sami said despite having already passed level one NCEA before starting the year, she was still anxious to see how she did.

"I was so nervous to look at my results and I kept coming up with things I ‘had' to do before checking."

All those nerves were for nothing, as Sami realised that throughout the year she had received 218 credits, with a whopping 193 of them at excellence level.

Waimea College principal Larry Ching said students around this time of year were either fairly astute and knew what they were going to achieve, or not quite sure how it would play out.

As a way to avoid any uncertainty around exam result time, Mr Ching urged students to balance their time wisely.

"My advice is to set yourself good standards of consistency throughout the year."

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