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It wasn't just 16 and 17-year-olds who were waiting for exam results.
Hundreds of adults across Cumbria have also been finding out how they got on, and seeing if hours of evening classes have paid off.
Katie Hunter's been to meet some of them.
Fiona Chambers and Nichola Bateson were among 50 adults sitting GCSEs in Cockermouth. They both passed with a C in Maths.
Thousands of Cumbrian students will find out how they have done in their GCSE exams today.
Students will be returning to schools around the county to collect their results and find out if they've done as well as expected before they make their choices for their next step in life
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Students across Cumbria are receiving their GCSE results. This guide covers some of the options available to young people after GCSEs.