Thousands of teenagers will find out about their futures today, as A-Level results are released.
Almost 300,000 students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will find out whether they are going to University or need to rethink their options.
One education expert predicted that there could be a slight rise in results this year, as more "practically minded" students were being moved away from A-Levels to different qualifications.
Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, explained: "The more practically-minded in the past may have been encouraged to take A-levels, and haven't done well.
"Now they're transferring to practical qualifications and that could affect the overall pass rate."
It was all smiles for an A-level student after he achieved five star grades in his exams. Youngseo Yoon, who achieved the top results in maths, physics, chemistry, biology and further maths, is now off to Edinburgh University to study medicine.
The 18-year-old, from Newcastle, who had a private education at Dame Allan's School, achieved the result after several months of hard work.
"I am thrilled as I had hoped to get the offer I needed of three As, but certainly had not expected this." he said.
"I have texted my mum with the news but she was in a conference. She did text me back though to say well done."
Mr Yoon, whose father lives in South Korea, was one of 30 pupils who achieved all A* and A grades in what was a year of impressive results for the school.
A teenage boy who carried the Olympic Flame a few days before he took his A-level exams said he was thrilled to receive three A* grades and two As.
Jamie Green, 18, of North Yorkshire, said he was finding it hard to decide which he was happier about - being an Olympic torchbearer for Scarborough in June, or discovering he had achieved some of the highest A-level results in Yorkshire.
Jamie said: "I had the torch-carrying event on the Monday, then I had my French exam and English exam later that week...
"Both are absolutely brilliant but for different reasons. The torch was a once-in-a-lifetime experience but these results will set me up for the rest of my life."
A 14 year old boy will become one of the country's youngest ever undergraduates this autumn when he enrols at university.
Wajih Ahmed will study for a degree in economics at the university of Southampton, assured of his place because he received A* A-level results in maths and further maths in addition to an A in chemistry last year, the Southern Daily Echo reports.