Performance reports

A performance report is a service offered to centres delivering National Qualifications, that have identified a particular performance issue within a subject, in relation to a candidate group performance, in an external assessment.

An experienced Examiner will carry out an analysis of your candidate group performance in the external assessment. The resulting report will provide information on the performance of your candidate group (but not at the level of individual candidate performance), detail specific strengths and weaknesses of candidates, and make recommendations.

There are two types of performance report available:

  • Standard Cohort (small centre, single class uptake, random selection of larger uptake)
  • Extended Cohort (larger uptake, specific selection of candidates)

Please note: the level of analysis in both types of reports is similar. The difference in cost reflects the time taken to analyse and prepare each report.


The pricing structure for these reports is tiered, with a charge for a report covering one externally assessed component, and a charge for any subsequent externally assessed component(s) required to be included in the report. All components must be from the same subject, level and Course:

Components Standard Cohort Extended Cohort
1st externally assessed component £494.00 £659.00
Subsequent externally assessed
component(s) – per component within the same subject, level and Course
£180.00 £270.00

SQA will endeavour to support all requests for performance reports, subject to the availability of resources. The last date for requesting performance reports is 30 November.

Please note that following agreement to carry out a performance report it can take up to six weeks to receive the completed report.

To request a performance report please complete and submit the form below:

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