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Image caption Under pressure: Candidates have been sitting some new, tougher exams in England and Wales

More than half a million GCSE students are receiving their results today in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In England, tests have been marked under a new system grading pupils' exams from 9 to 1.

Under this system, an A is equivalent to a 7 while a C is anchored at the bottom of a grade 4.

The changes apply to each of the three new O-level style GCSE subjects; English, English literature and maths. Other subjects will continue to be graded from A star to G, as will all GCSEs in Wales and Northern Ireland.

There has been a particular focus on maths GCSE, which was found to be more demanding, with many students posting concerns online about the exam after they sat it.

Exam boards insist that standards have been held steady, despite complaints by some students and teachers about a lack of textbooks and practice papers.

Analysis: How the new grading system works

By Hannah Richardson, education reporter

For as long as anyone remembers, exams have been marked in As, Bs and Cs - but from this year, it's different.

Remember politicians saying GCSEs were too easy and needed to be made more rigorous? Well that's what has been happening, as new exams have been developed and are being phased in over a number of years.

This year's students are the first to sit exams in the new GCSEs in English (literature and language) and maths - arguably the biggest subjects in the curriculum.

Another 20 subjects will have 9 to 1 grading in 2018, with most others following in 2019.

Read Hannah's full article

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