GCSE exams got underway on Monday, May 13, with millions of teenagers all around the country sitting the national tests.

Pupils almost certainly will have started counting down the days until it's all over as it means that they can finally embark on their long summer breaks. Here's what we know about the exam process.

When do GCSE exams start in 2019?

With a few exceptions, the main exam GCSE period runs from Monday, May 13, to Friday, June 21.

All exams begin at either 9am or 1.30pm.

What are the timetables?

Exams must be taken on the day and at the time shown on the timetable.

Each exam board runs a slightly different timetable.

So for specific dates for the exam you are looking to take, you’ll need to consult the exam board in question, which are:

  • Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
  • Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR)
  • Edexcel/Pearson
  • Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC)
  • Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA)

When do the GCSE results come out?

GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) results day will fall on August 22 for England and Wales in 2019.

It's now possible to get your results online.

Alternatively, you can do it the old fashioned way – by turning up and opening the envelope at your school, so you can celebrate or commiserate with your exam comrades.

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