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
Alan Mottershead is the Headteacher of Trinity School in Carlisle.
He says that he will be approaching the exam board about the English GCSE:
Simon Boothroyd lost both of his parents and has been looked after by his foster parents for the past three years.
He said his family have been really supportive, but in the run up to his exams, he has had a tougher time than most:
For students who may have received some unexpected results, the national exam results helpline will be open until noon on Saturday (24th August).
Parents and students can talk to experienced, impartial and friendly careers advisers who will talk through what options are available, including higher education, taking a gap year and finding employment.
David Murdoch, a student who called the helpline, said:
“It was really great to have someone properly explain my options - what I could do, alternatives I hadn’t thought about, and the processes I needed to go through. Best of all, I got objective advice.”
The Exam Results Helpline can be reached on 0808 100 8000. Calls are free from landlines. Mobile network charges vary.
For further information including opening hours, click here.
Cumbria has fared better than some regions in England, but in some schools there is unhappiness with the English grades and at least one school is planning to appeal.
Tim Backshall reports:
Girls have continued to out-perform boys in GCSEs, recording higher results at A* and A*-C across all subjects.
The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade has fallen for the second year running.
The number of entries who scored A*-C this summer dropped by 1.3% to 68.1% - the biggest fall in the exam's 25-year history.
Those gaining top grades has also fallen by 0.5% - with 6.8% achieving an A*.