Teens all over Scotland either dread or look forward to today. Why? Well, today is the day we get our exam results, our qualifications, our hope for the future.
I only did one exam this year, my English. I thought since it was only the one exam, we’d get our results at school, but I soon found out we too were joining the thousands upon thousands of students who would be expecting the letter box to open, and the famous white envelope to come through.
I can’t remember if I wrote anything on my blog after my exam but let’s just say I wasn’t feeling 100% happy about it, yet not too bad about it. So, I was kinda dreading today.
At first, I was disappointed. Not because of my exam results because there were none. All that came through the post was an advert for a food store and their special deals on gravy. However, the postman returned and I rushed downstairs to see the envelope addressed to me.
It was definitely like the opposite of Christmas – never have I opened anything so slowly in my life. Eventually, I forced myself to look at my results and the first number my eyes settled on was a five.
Okay, now may be a good time to briefly explain the Scottish qualification system thing for any non Scottish readers. I don’t know a lot about it myself, but I do know the basics. Basically for this particular set of results which came under ‘Standard Grade’, is based on numbers which are related to three categories – foundation, general, and credit, credit being at the top. 1 & 2 means credit, 3 & 4 means general, and 5 & 6 means foundation and I believe a seven is a fail. It works something like that. I was sitting a credit exam, so I was shocked when I read the number five.
As I calmed myself down a bit, I realised that the number five was not my mark but part of this other level thing (which I cannot remember the name of) which turned out a good level. My actual, overall grade, was a 1. – The best you can get. I near enough fainted at this point! Never was I expecting such a good mark!
The overall grade was based on three things – talking, writing and reading which consisted of your folio ( your coursework from the year) and your exam. I was very pleased with my results:
- Reading………..2 (Still credit level!)
I wasn’t disappointed at my reading result because I kept thinking I wouldn’t even get a credit mark!
So there I have it, my first ever set of results and my first ever qualification. Achieving such great results has gave me a boost, knowing that if I put my head down and work hard, I will achieve just as good results in all of my subjects when I sit them next year. Hopefully, this time next year, I will be blogging about how many ones and twos and As and Bs I got!
Here’ s hoping to a successful school year ahead!