Relief for Roncalli student

JOANNE BENNETT
Last updated 05:00 16/01/2014
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GOOD NEWS: Lisa-Sophie Kuepper, 18, was one of thousands of New Zealand students who received their NCEA results online.

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There were cheers, tears, relief and disappointment as about 140,000 students across the country checked their NCEA exam results online when they became available yesterday.

Former Roncalli College student Lisa-Sophie Kuepper logged-on to the NCEA website early to see if her hard work had paid off.

The Roncalli College joint dux passed her level 3 standards with merit, which came as a relief. "My friends had assured me I'd be OK, but I wasn't sure. I was really afraid I wouldn't pass some of my exams, and I didn't have enough internal credits to go to uni, but I'm really happy with the results."

She is now assured a place at Otago University, studying a Bachelor of Arts in music and chemistry.

Retrieving results was problem-free across the country, according to NZQA deputy chief executive Richard Thornton, in comparison to last year when the website became overloaded, resulting in a delay.

"We have been extensively testing all our IT systems to ensure maximum performance on results release day, and we have been actively managing the system on the day to ensure maximum performance," he said.

Answer booklets will be returned to candidates from late January. New Zealand is the only country that returns marked examination papers to students.

Students can apply for a review of their mark until February 21.

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- The Timaru Herald

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