GCSE results have improved by 1.2% in the last year in Wales.
More than 62% of pupils achieved a C grade or above, but the number of students getting top grades A*-A has declined by 0.1%.
This is the second year of results under the new system, which introduced new science GCSEs, as well as the new Skills Challenge Certificate for the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Results this year also include qualification awards for seven new GCSE subjects:
- Design & Technology
- Media Studies
- Religious Studies (full course)
- Welsh Second Language
The number of GCSEs sat in Wales climbed by 8.8%, with overall national results remaining stable.
Regulator Qualifications Wales said changes to school performance measures and an increase in the general population are the two main reasons for an increase in entries.
Education Minister Kirsty Williams AM has congratulated students on their results.
GCSE entries in English, Mathematics, Science Double Award, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Art and Design and Computing have also seen an increase.
67.6 per cent of girls achieved A*-C grades compared with 57.8 per cent of boys.