Exam results day is stressful for everyone, whether you sat the exams yourself or care about someone who did.

It’s normal to feel upset, disappointed and anxious if you didn’t get the results you hoped for. Know where to get help if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Dealing with results anxiety

Don’t let your anxiety take over. Take positive steps to deal with how you are feeling.

Put yourself first

Don’t compare your results to how other people in your class or course have done. Stay away from social media if you find posts about results triggering.

Put it into perspective

Failing an exam, or doing worse than you expected, doesn’t mean you are a failure. You’ll still be able to achieve your goals. You may just need to take another path.

Stay calm

Think about what you can do to stay calm. Exercises like mindful breathing can help you manage stress and anxiety. Our mindfulness videos can help you to relax.

Do something you enjoy

Take your mind off your results by doing something that you enjoy. Watch a movie, play a game, meet with friends who aren’t affected by results day.

Talk to someone

Talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Choose someone who is a good listener and who won’t add to your stress or negative feelings.

If you’re a university student in NI and need to speak with someone about how you’re feeling, give us a call, free and confidentially at any time.

Missing out on your expected grades

Missing out on your expected grades isn’t the end of the world, even though it might feel like that now.

A teacher, tutor or trusted person at your school or college can give you advice about available options.

Other sources of support

You can get independent confidential counselling from Inspire Student Wellbeing if you’re a full or part-time student at

  • Ulster University
  • Queens University Belfast
  • Northern Regional College
  • North Western Regional College
  • South Eastern Regional College
  • South West College
  • Southern Regional College
  • Belfast Metropolitan College

The Careers Service can give you advice, support and guidance about your future career. 

Young Minds has tips on coping with anxiety.