I write to those fortunate and the unfortunate of the last examination session.
Firstly, to the fortunate ones, you have my congratulations. You people worked long and hard for your exams and you have every right to deserve what you have achieved. Those who passed with flying colours should rejoice and aim to keep this achievement consistent. While the ones with a satisfactory result should challenge themselves to perform even better in the future.
My understanding that, it is common for some to treat this session as a retake for the May/June (summer) session. Those who were unable to score a satisfactory grade, opt for the winter session for a second attempt. And in most cases the percentage of the successful is high.
Now to discuss about those unfortunate ones of this Winter session. Firstly, you have my sympathies for your misfortunate. But what you must understand and learn from this is that there are a multitude of elements that will discourage and keep you from getting up and the key element is yourself. This will sound cliché, but it is true, that you must not allow yourself to be discouraged by anyone or anything and should focus on setting aside your failures and moving forward.
If you want know how many share your results and your feelings, visit the CIE website and search for the result statistics for this Winter session. Or for a direct link to the CIE results:
A brief comment on the results.
The threshold for the grades is different each year and in every session since it depends on two aspects: the capability of the highest achieving candidates, and the difficulty of the examinations. I can say very little on the different examinations since a comment on them is quite subjective. Although, eyeballing the results statistics evidently shows, in percentage, how every candidate would have commented on their examinations.
Keep in mind that these results are a cumulative total. Those who did not understand how the results are depicted clearly did not perform well in their mathematics exams.