Grade thresholds for A-Level and GCSE examinations have been lowered to avoid a dramatic fall in results after the Government brought in tougher tests for students.
Officials had hoped the exam shakeup would increase standards in England's schools that would see them compete with education powerhouses in east Asia.
This year more than 200,000 students in sixth-forms across the country have been subject to more difficult A-Level exams.
Grade thresholds for A-Level and GCSE examinations have been lowered to avoid a dramatic fall in results (file image)
But now, with pupils set to receive their results on Thursday, the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual) has revealed that grade boundaries have been lowered to ensure schools see similar marks to last year.
The organisation's chief regulator, Sally Collier, told The Sunday Times: 'The most important thing for our students is that they get the praise they deserve for having undertaken new courses of study, whether A-levels or GCSEs, and we recognise the work schools have done to get there and we are not detracted from that.'
Universities and schools had feared that exam results would be extremely volatile this year