It’s that time of year again, when teens nationwide celebrate or commiserate over three little letters in a scary brown envelope. Every year, we hear news stories about what's changed with A-Level results. This year it was the 3 percent rise from last year in the number of students offered university places, despite seeing a 0.1 percent decrease in the number of A*-A grades. Meanwhile, on social media, everything else stays the same. Sixth formers announce which uni they’ll be going to, newspapers photograph teens jumping outside a school hall, and older generations offer ‘helpful’ reminders that success is not defined by your exam results (Great. Glad to hear getting a job in the 80s was so easy for you). And then there's Twitter, which, as usual, is flooded with memes, gifs, and witticisms reacting to the joy and horror of #alevelresults. Let's take a look at the best.
On the pre-results jitters:
On advice from older generations:
don't worry if your #alevelresults are bad. mine were bad but now i'm a borderline alcoholic to ease the pain of working a mundane job— Kyle (@KyIeJW) August 18, 2016
My #ALevelResults were reasonable and now I run a Thomas the Tank Engine reactions account on Twitter.— Thomas Reactions (@Thomas_Reacts) August 18, 2016
Don't let your dreams be dreams.
Disappointed with your #AlevelResults? Don't worry we got a D, an A, a V and an E, and started our own TV channel.— Dave (@Join_Dave) August 18, 2016
Is it "actual adults humble-bragging about their A-level results" day again already— Jonn Elledge (@JonnElledge) August 18, 2016
Just so you know, having to work is crap whether your A levels results were good or not. Spend uni money on lottery tickets #alevelresults— Dom Graham (@GuitaristDom) August 18, 2016
roses are red violets are blue what uni will accept me with 2 E's and a U #Alevelresults— lauren (@laurentamsin) August 17, 2016
On other people asking how you did:
On the aerodynamics of sixth formers:
My daughter's so disappointed. She worked hard, had private lessons but didn't get a jump good enough to make the papers #alevelresults— General Boles (@GeneralBoles) August 18, 2016