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The campus of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, August 4, 2016. Reuters/Jason

The Victoria Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) confirmed on Thursday that the VCE and ATAR results received by more than 2,000 students through SMS were accurate.

The affected students were those who registered for an SMS during a 90-minute period between 7:00PM and 8:30PM on Wednesday.

"Between 7:00pm and approximately 8:30pm, if a student logged on to register to get the SMS, it was only those students who received their ATAR. So for students who had already logged on and didn't re-log on last night, they wouldn't have got it, Suzzane Connelly from VTAC said, according to the ABC.

A total of 40,000 VCE students will need to wait until Monday to get the official scores of their test result.

Connelly said that the system has been run by Salmat Digital for years and no similar incident happened before.

However, the opposition on Victoria's education system thought that the glitch was a sign of bigger problems. "If you can't manage the IT system within your own department, then what does that tell Victorians about the way in which they run education in this state," Nick Wakeling, Victoria's Opposition education spokesman, said.

Victoria's Education Minister James Merlino said that there was clearly a significant error that has been made. He said that he understood how angry and confused the students are as well as their family because of the mistake. He recognised that the mistake was unacceptable and the students had a right to feel angry, upset, confused and disappointed.

In a combined statetment, VTAC and VCCA apologised to all VCE students for any confusion, anxiety or upset caused by the leaked results. They promised to contact each of the affected students to confirm information's accuracy. They would also reach out to provide further support to the students.