A nervous wait in front of the computer ended in elation for Rotorua students Fintan Walsh and Sophie Deo, as the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) results were released.
The John Paul College students received their results yesterday with thousands of other high school students across the country.
The results were released on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website, however heavy traffic on the website slowed down the process for many students.
The two academics said they spent 15 minutes in front of the computer waiting for the website to finally load their results.
"It was a pretty nervous wait," Sophie, 16, said. "But I'm very happy now, I think I did well. I mainly got merit and excellence with my [end of year exams]."
She said she received excellence endorsements for most of her Year 11 subjects, including French which she was sceptical about at first.
She said her older brother had also passed with an excellence endorsement for Year 13, NCEA Level 3.
"So I have to get excellence in all three years now," she said with a laugh.
Fintan, 16, who sat NCEA Level 2 subjects in Year 11 last year, gained an excellence endorsement for NCEA Level 2.
He said he did only three subjects in NCEA Level 2 last year so he was very happy to gain an excellence endorsement at a higher level.
"I got enough just in English, history and religious studies. So there was a lot of pressure, I was pretty nervous," he said.
Fintan said scholarship exams were due back in early February so it would be interesting to see how he and Sophie went.
To celebrate, Fintan said he and his family would be heading out to a restaurant in Rotorua last night while Sophie said a trip to the lake was on the cards.
The John Paul College students said they were in full support of the NCEA examination system after trying some papers in the alternative Cambridge system.
"I think NCEA is fairer, it reflects your whole year instead of just the singular exam at the end of the year," said Fintan.