Preparing for your exams

Timetable

Students chatting at locker

You can find the full timetable at www.sqa.org.uk/timetable and can also print out a personal timetable for the subjects you are taking.

Please note: schools and colleges are allowed to change the start time of the exam slightly, so you should double-check the times of your exams with your teachers or lecturers.

Make sure you know which exams you’re sitting, where they’re going to be held, and when they will start. You should be ready to enter the exam room at least 10 minutes before the exam is due to start.

Equipment

It is important to make sure that you know what equipment you are permitted to use and what you need to bring (pens, calculator, and so on). Your teacher/lecturer can advise you. You must not share any of your equipment with anyone else or use the equipment of any other candidate during the exam.

Your Scottish Candidate Number

Your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) is your personal lifetime SQA identification number. It is used to record the marks awarded for each of your exam papers and to record the combined final results. Our computerised systems use your SCN to record your achievements, and to trace your previous qualifications so that your certificate is up-to-date and comprehensive.

You must enter your SCN accurately, neatly and legibly on your exam answer booklets, so it is important that you know it. The teacher or lecturer in charge of SQA exams in your school or college will be able to tell you what your SCN is.

Your name and address details

To ensure you receive your Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC) on results day, make sure that your school or college holds the correct personal details for you - ie your correct name, address and SCN.

If you have a MySQA account, you can check your personal details there: www.mysqa.org.uk

Make sure your name appears as you would like to see it on your SQC and that the address is where you want your results to be sent.

If you change any of your personal details at any time before you receive your certificate, such as your home address, you should tell your school or college immediately. This will allow them to update your details on the system before we print your certificate. Your school or college must let us know about any changes to your personal details by 8 July 2016. Your SQC will be issued in the name and to the address that we hold on record for you at that date. 

After 8 July 2016, changes can be made once your school or college re-opens after the summer break. The necessary arrangements will be made at this point to get your certificate to you.

Data Protection

Your school or college is usually best placed to discuss your personal information with you. This includes your contact details, as well as any qualifications you are taking, or results you’ve received.

The Data Protection Act 1998 aims to protect your personal information. It sets out rules for the way that SQA uses your information. Before we can discuss any personal information with you, we will ask you to confirm your identity. Also, before discussing your personal information with anyone else (including a parent or carer if you are aged 12 or above) we will need your consent. The Access to Information section of our website explains these data protection responsibilities in more detail.