Applications that ask you for 'Date taken' for qualifications.

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When an application asks you for the year or sometimes, more specifically, the date taken with regards to a qualification - what are they referring to? Is this the date on which I started the subject, the date of the exam or the date I got a result?

Take GCSE Maths, for example. I may have started it in September 2008, did the exam in May 2009 and got the result in August 2009. Which date do I write down?

Sorry for the small issue. I took it up with GradRec, haven’t received a reply and thought I’d ask here in the meantime, so I can get started on that section.