For 30,000 pupils the wait is nearly over as A-Level results are published tomorrow.
There will be the usual last-minute scramble for university and college courses but experts have warned students – and their parents – not to panic if grades don't live up to expectations.
Both local universities have advised A-Level students that there are numerous options open to them in the event that they do better or worse than anticipated.
Jennifer Dwyer, head of Queen's Admissions and Access Service, said: "This can be an anxious time for A-Level students and their families and it is important that they have as much information as possible at this time so they can make informed decisions."
Decisions made by Queen's, the University of Ulster and Stranmillis University College will be posted on a website hosted by Queen's from tomorrow morning and updated twice daily. It also has comprehensive details about the status of an application and clearing vacancies. Details are also published on the Ucas website.
Applicants who achieve the exact grades or points specified in their conditional offer should have their place confirmed through Ucas following the publication of results. Students who do better than expected can, through the adjustment process, hold their offer while they look for an alternative course.
Those who narrowly miss the grades required may still be accepted for their original choice. However, it may be a few days before this can be confirmed.
Any student unable to gain admission to either their firm or insurance choice, and who is not offered an acceptable alternative course, will be eligible to participate in the clearing process.
Queen's University's advice line is open at 028 9097 3838, while exams body CCEA's helpline is available on 028 9026 1260.