Your entire academic career has led up to this point. In only a month, a piece of paper will be plastered on a public wall, showing everyone how well, or how poorly, you did. Only days after that, the newspaper will publish all the results, just to make sure everyone knows your scores.
While these series of events may seem somewhat reminiscent of the ACT and SAT process to Americans, for those who live in France who must take the baccalaureate, this practice is extremely familiar. In fact, for many people the baccalaureate is not just an exam, but a rite of passage.