Thousands of students across Northern Ireland will receive their A-level results today.
They are among tens of thousands - including those in England and Wales - getting their grades in what for many is a momentous milestone that can shape future career and education choices.
Last year national figures revealed 26.3% of all A-level exams taken scored an A or A* and this year's results are likely to be similar again.
In 2017 Northern Ireland outperformed the rest the UK at A-level, with 98.3% of students achieving A*-E grades, an increase of 0.1% on the previous year.
Broken down by gender, girls here outperformed boys by 1.5% at the A* grade and by 6.5% at the A-A* grade.
Ahead of today's results, those involved in the exam process were praised by Margaret Farragher, the director of education at exam board CCEA.
"During the space of just six weeks over 5,000 examiners, moderators and markers have worked incredibly hard to ensure over half-a-million CCEA GCE and GCSE examination papers have been marked, assessed and graded to the highest standard," she said.
"This summer, through our examiners' commitment to training and improvement, we have been able to mark more than 400,000 or around 80% of our examination papers online. The benefits of this online process include greater efficiency and helping us reduce error in marking."
She also directed students with queries regarding their results to contact their school or college first.
"Teachers should speak to their exams officer and, if necessary, they can contact CCEA," she added.
Those are who are unsure of the next step are being encouraged to reach out to the Northern Ireland Careers Service which provides advice and can be accessed online and via phone.
The service's head, Frances O'Hara, said: "I'd encourage students to take advantage of the professional advice and guidance available to help you take the next step. A comprehensive guidance service is available for those hoping to progress into post-16 and 18 opportunities."
l More information can be found on the Careers Service site www.nidirect.gov.uk/careers.