Past Papers and Marking Instructions

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Specimen and exemplar question papers

Specimen Question Papers are available for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications. Exemplar Question Papers are available for Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications. They can be found in the Assessment Support section of the relevant subject pages; simply select your chosen subject from the menu and then choose the level (e.g. National 5). Browse subjects

Understanding Standards

Visit Understanding Standards to learn more about the standards of assessment as they are applied by the SQA examination teams.

Digital Question Papers

Note: Question Papers in Digital Format for candidates with disabilities and/or additional support needs, are also available on the website: Digital Question Papers

Braille question papers

Braille question papers (2016)

New National Qualifications

For National 5 Modern Languages and Gaelic (Learners): We have published a second set of 2014 Reading and Writing past papers in a new format. The questions are the same but there are separate question and answer booklets for Reading and for Writing, which is how the question papers will be structured from 2015 onwards.

Conditions of Use

The past papers are copyright to SQA. They may be reproduced to support SQA qualifications only, on a non-commercial basis. If they are to be used for any other purpose, written permission must be obtained from SQA's Marketing team on

Troubleshooting - Android, iPhone and iPad

Some users may find that they are unable to download batches of past papers to their device - especially Android, iPhone and iPad users.

As the downloadable past papers are in zipped format, you'll need an extra app to unzip and view the files.

iPhone and iPad

Download WinZip (free) from iTunes


Download AndroZip (free) from Google Play

If you still can't open a past paper from within your chosen app, you may also need to download Adobe Reader. Download this free app from iTunes or the Google Play Store.

For further assistance please email