Tens of thousands of teenagers across the North West have been getting their GCSE results - and trying to figure out exactly what they mean.
It follows the biggest shake-up of the exams in England for a generation.
Traditional A* to G grades have been scrapped for all subjects, and replaced with a 9 to 1 system.
The Government says it's making the tests more challenging to drive up standards, but unions are concerned about effects on teachers and pupils. Andrew Fletcher reports.