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Information for HN Digital Technologies for Administrators and HN Digital Marketing Comms

On Monday 17 December we are introducing a new version of the SQA e-assessment system SOLAR.  In preparation for this, SOLAR will be unavailable from 5.00 pm on Friday 7 December to 9.00 am on Monday 17 December.

Centres who use SOLAR for assessing HN Digital Technologies for Administrators or HN Digital Marketing Comms need to be aware of the upcoming change to the system and the impact that this will have on particular types of assessments.

If you have scheduled any Computer Based Project (CBP) assessments that do not finish on Friday 7 December please take the following steps:

  • If CBP assessments are scheduled but not yet started, we ask that all candidates hold their work offline until after Monday 17 December. You can then schedule a new CBP assessment on the updated system.
  • If CBP assessments have been started and content uploaded, we ask that candidates do not add any further content. Candidates should hold additional work offline until after Monday 17 December. We will then import their current content into a new CBP assessment and advise of the updated keycode  The candidate can then upload any additional work and continue as normal.
  • If any CBP assessments have been accessed but no content uploaded, we request that you reschedule these once the new system goes live on Monday 17 December.
  • If you are planning to schedule CBP assessments prior to Monday 17 December, please delay this and reschedule once the new system is live.


This only relates to Computer Based Project (CBP) assessments, all other types of assessments completed before 5.00pm on Friday 7 December are unaffected.

Further information about this and all other changes is available on the SOLAR website alternatively, if you have any questions, please e-mail