Over 17,000 Canterbury students will have their fingers crossed as NCEA results are released today.
Across the country, 143,000 students sat exams over four weeks in November and early December. An NCEA spokeswoman said 17,445 Canterbury students had sat exams.
An NZQA spokeswoman said the results had been posted and were available for pupils, ''no problem''. The agency had aimed to get all its results online by today.
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It would be a test for the NZQA website, which was plagued by hiccups last year. Some pupils got an accidental preview of their National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) results while NZQA was testing the system.
When the results officially went live, many pupils were unable to log on through the website being overloaded.
The authority had undergone a full review of the incident and this year closed the log-on feature of the website for four days so there would be no sneak peeks at results, deputy chief executive Richard Thornton said.
"We've been able to do a lot more testing behind the scenes," he said.
"It's a new part of the process - something that we learnt from last year - and we're expecting final testing to go well."
It was the first year NZQA had decided to publicise the date of the release after it was caught out by social media last year.
"You have 100 people tell another 100 people, and you've soon got 100,000 people hitting your website. It is something you have to manage properly," he said.
Results for 163,000 pupils will be released today.
Thornton said the NZQA 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," he said.
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