Specification 2 - Set Question Papers
In relation to National Courses at National 5 to Advanced Higher, the explanation of words or questions to candidates in a SQA-set question paper will not be a reasonable adjustment.
SQA external examination question papers are specifically designed to assess candidates’ abilities to recall information, demonstrate understanding, interpret, apply their knowledge, solve problems, and in some cases, analyse and evaluate. Those responsible for setting SQA question papers carefully select particular words in questions to elicit particular responses.
The explanation of words and questions is not considered as a reasonable adjustment because it poses a real risk of changing the meaning or the intention of the set question in the question paper. This arrangement could potentially advantage or disadvantage a candidate and therefore compromise the integrity of the assessment and public confidence in the national examination.