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SQA News 3 February 2022

2022 exam support - information for learners

Earlier this week, we outlined the measures that will be in place to support learners taking National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams in 2022.

To help you explain these support measures to your learners, we have provided some links to resources and some ready-to-use messages that you can share with them through your own communication channels. 

 

Video - Exams 2022 information for learners 

 

Frequently asked questions

We are continuing to update the frequently asked questions section of the SQA website and have added new questions about revision support, the exam exceptional circumstances service and the 2022 appeals service.

View our frequently asked questions at www.sqa.org.uk/faq

 

Information for learners on the 2022 exams and revision support

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National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams are expected to take place in April to June 2022. The Scottish Government will only cancel the exams if public health advice restricts physical gatherings at the time the exams are due to take place.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) recognises the ongoing disruption to learning you have faced this year due to Covid-19 and is aware that many of you may be feeling anxious about sitting formal exams.

To help you prepare for your exams, SQA is publishing revision support for every course that has an exam. This will be published on the SQA website during week beginning 7 March.

For some courses, SQA will advise you which content or topics will or won’t be assessed in the exam. For other courses SQA will provide study guides that give hints and tips on how to prepare for the exam. For a small number of courses, SQA will allow you to take study notes into the exam. 

A table showing the type of revision support that will be provided for each course is available on the SQA website.

View the table on the SQA website.

Education Scotland, in partnership with e-Sgoil, is also running a series of study support webinars for learners working towards National Qualifications in 2022. Details can be found on the e-Sgoil website and you should speak to your [teachers/lecturers] if you require further information.

 

Information for learners on the exam exceptional circumstances service

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This year, SQA is running a service called the ‘exam exceptional circumstances service’.

This service will support you in the following scenarios:

Your [teachers/lecturers] have already been gathering examples of assessments you have been completing throughout each of your courses. If you need to use the exam exceptional circumstances service – for one of the reasons listed above – we will send these assessment examples to SQA.

SQA appointees, who are also practising teachers and lecturers, will review your assessments and judge them against the national standard for that course to determine your grade.

 

Information for learners on the 2022 appeals service

This year, SQA is running a free appeals service for learners who want to question their results. This service will be available after results day, and you will be able to inform SQA directly that you want to appeal one or more of your results.

There will also be a priority appeals service for anyone waiting on a result for a university or college place or for an employment or training programme.

If you submit an appeal, we will send SQA evidence of the assessments you have already completed through your course. SQA appointees, who are also practising teachers and lecturers, will review this evidence and judge it against the national standard for that course. SQA will also conduct a clerical check on your exam script.

Through the appeals process, you would be awarded the higher grade of the two types of evidence (your exam and/or coursework and the assessment evidence we have submitted to SQA in support of the appeal).