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 2017:

  • Scottish National 5 and Higher exam results - Tuesday 8 August

  • A-level results - Thursday 17 August

  • GCSE results - Thursday 24 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. But however 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
  • 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 should be there to support you and help you make decisions. But sometimes it can take a while for parents to understand how you feel and they might not know how to react right away.

If you're worried, it can help to:

  • practise what you'd like to say beforehand. Don't be put off having the conversation because of how someone might react.
  • 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

  • Focus on your own achievements

    It's natural to compare yourself to others. But everyone is different and exams are               only a small part of what makes you who you are.

  • 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.