Past Papers and Marking Instructions
Past Papers for Higher English
|Select to download||Year||Qualification||Download|
|2014||Higher||All Question Papers||PDF (123KB)|
|2013||Higher||All Question Papers||PDF (291KB)|
|2012||Higher||All Question Papers||PDF (247KB)|
|2011||Higher||All Question Papers||PDF (298KB)|
|2010||Higher||All Question Papers||PDF (259KB)|
Marking Instructions for Higher English
|Select to download||Year||Qualification||Paper||Download|
|2014||Higher||Writing Folio||PDF (233KB)|
|2013||Higher||Close Reading||PDF (710KB)|
|2013||Higher||Critical Essay||PDF (179KB)|
|2013||Higher||Writing Folio||PDF (204KB)|
|2012||Higher||Close Reading||PDF (491KB)|
|2012||Higher||Critical Essay||PDF (156KB)|
|2012||Higher||Writing Folio||PDF (168KB)|
|2011||Higher||Close Reading||PDF (507KB)|
|2011||Higher||Critical Essay||PDF (88KB)|
|2011||Higher||Writing Folio||PDF (163KB)|
|2010||Higher||Close Reading||PDF (136KB)|
|2010||Higher||Critical Essay||PDF (160KB)|
Specimen Question Papers
Visit Understanding Standards to learn more about the standards of assessment as they are applied by the SQA examination teams.
Digital Question Papers
Note: Adapted Question Papers in Digital Format for candidates with disabilities and/or additional support needs, are also available on the website: Digital Question Papers
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 purposes, written permission must be obtained from the Assessment Development and Delivery Team - NQ Assessment.
Where the past papers contain materials from other sources (secondary copyright) this material should only be reproduced for the purposes of assessment. If the material needs to be reproduced for any other purpose, it is the responsibility of the user to obtain the necessary copyright clearance.
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
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