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NCEA results for the 2018 school year were released on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website yesterday morning, and most of the 165,000 pupils nationwide sat in a quiet place on their own to access them.
Among them was former Logan Park High School pupil and 2018 Otago Daily Times Class Act award winner Bella Rennie.
''Both of my parents are teachers, so they don't want to hear about school outside of school hours.
''Obviously, they are intrigued with my schooling. So as long as I pass, they're happy.''
After seeing her results, she was happy to share them and celebrate with friends in the Octagon.
Bella said she was proud of her results, having passed with an excellence endorsement, but the overwhelming feeling was one of relief.
''It's awesome that chapter of my life is closed and I'm happy with it, and now it's time to move on and go to university.''
She said her results allowed her to study psychology and dance therapy at the University of Otago this year.
An NZQA spokeswoman said use of the NZQA website peaked about 5pm, rather than first thing yesterday morning.
She said it was because many pupils, particularly those who sat NCEA level 1, wanted to wait until their parents got home from work before checking their results.
At 10am, only 978 of the 6299 NCEA pupils around Otago, had logged in.
NZQA ran a call centre for the day, with trained staff to ensure pupils received answers to any queries about their results, as well as a specialist team of experienced advisers to offer further guidance.
''Students will receive all marked exam papers from late January, and those who sat a digital pilot exam for levels 1, 2 and 3 English, classical studies and media studies, can log on to the online exam platform and view their marked digital exam from January 24.''
More than 1000 Otago pupils sat at least one of their exams digitally, she said.
Pupils have until February 15 to apply for a review or reconsideration.
Those who sat New Zealand scholarship exams will be able to view their results online from February 7 and apply for a review or reconsideration until March 1.