Digital Question Papers
Digital Question Papers (DQPs) are for disabled candidates and/or those with additional support needs who have reading and/or writing difficulties.
Digital Question Papers Guidance
Digital Question Papers (Past Papers)
Digital Question Papers (Specimen N5 Examples)
Digital Question Papers (Specimen Higher Examples)
These booklets can be used during the appropriate National Qualification examination when a digital question paper is used by a candidate. They can also be used for exam preparation and general study.
Prior to an examination commencing and the uploading of the digital question paper, centres may upload the appropriate data booklet along with a digital answer book to a candidate's PC (available on this page).
Below are links to the PDF data booklets that are used in the following examinations:
- Chemistry N5 Data Booklet
- Chemistry Higher and Advanced Higher Data Booklet (1.67 MB)
- Engineering Science N5 Data Booklet
- Engineering Science Higher Data Booklet (412 KB)
- Engineering Science Advanced Higher Data Booklet (1.53 MB)
- Statistics Advanced Higher Data Booklet
Physics Data Books - these are no longer produced, instead Physics Data Sheets are included as part of the question papers and Relationship Sheets are supplied with the question paper. Examples of these are attached to past papers and with Specimen and Exemplar question papers on the subject/level webpages. Relationship Sheets will be supplied on the DQP discs and paper copies will also be supplied to candidates..
Digital Answer Books (DABs)
Digital Answer Books are used when the Digital Question Paper (DQP) is a question only paper. They are available in PDF and MS Word formats, apart from H Mathematics which is only available in PDF format.
The table below lists the answer books that are used in SQA's NQ examinations.
- 2017 Answer Book (218 KB)
We have produced some sample Digital Answer Books. If there is no specific book shown, other books can be used for practice. When required Digital Answer Books are supplied to Centres on the DQP disc for the actual NQ examination (when a DQP has been requested) but the books on the website can be used for the exam (with the exception of H Mathematics).
The Digital Answer Books have been updated as of 13 February 2017.
Non- DQP candidates
Those candidates not requiring a DQP but wishing to use ICT to complete an examination that does not have a Digital Answer Book on SQA's website, can use the Generic Digital Answer Book, in MS Word format, below.
- Generic Answer Book file attachment (1.51 MB)
These case studies show how two secondary schools implemented SQA's digital papers, the challenges they faced, and the benefits to school and candidates.
If you have a question regarding digital question papers please call our Assessment Arrangements team on 0345 213 6890.
Technical help with Digital Question Papers
If you have technical questions about the Digital Question Papers consult CALL Scotland.
CALL Scotland is 'Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (CALL) Scotland' and is part of Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh.