Your Exams 2022 - what to expect

You may be about to sit national exams for the first time. Here's information to help you prepare.


  • Exams run from 26 April to 1 June 2022.
  • Your school send us an estimate for each of your courses beforehand (your teacher will share this with you).
  • Results day is Tuesday 9 August.
  • You can appeal your results, if they are lower than your estimate.


  • Download the exam timetable.
  • Double-check the times of your exams as schools can change the start times slightly.

Past papers

  • Practice with old exam papers.
  • Use the marking instructions to check your answers.

SQA Apps

  • MyExams app - create a personal timetable, add notes, and add to other calendars.
  • MyStudyPlan app - organise your revision by creating a personal study plan.

Info and download links

Your Scottish Candidate number

Your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) is your personal identification number.

  • Your SCN is used to record your achievements.
  • You need to write it on your exam answer booklets.
  • Your school can tell you what your SCN is.

Check your school has the right name and address

Has your address changed?

Check your school have the correct details for you and your school will send to us.

You can check the personal details we hold by logging in to MySQA.

Arriving for your exam

  • Make sure you know when and where your exam is taking place
  • Give yourself plenty of time to get there
  • Have your SCN with you
  • Be outside the exam room 10 minutes before the exam starts

If you're late, the teacher in charge will tell you if you can sit the exam.

How to find your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN)

Speak to your school, call us on 0345 279 1000, or complete our Candidate Enquiry Form.


Make sure you have the necessary exam supplies, such as pens.

Bring a bottle of water to keep you hydrated and focused. Ask your teacher/lecturer if you're unsure what you need.

Your desk/seat

If your school allocates a specific desk for exams, make sure you know what desk number is yours.

Prohibited items

During the exam, you're only allowed to take items needed for the exam to your allocated seat. You're not allowed (unless an approved assessment arrangement is in place):

  • Electronic devices such as iPods, tablets, earpods, smartwatches or any device that stores information or can connect to the internet
  • Mobile phones
  • Extra information – books, sketches or paper, and anything written on your clothes or body
  • Pencil cases or calculator cases
  • Calculators (except when allowed)
  • Dictionaries (except when allowed)
  • Notes (except when allowed)

Check your bags and pockets to make sure you do not have any of these things with you - plan ahead and leave them in a safe place.

When specific items are allowed in an exam, you must make sure that they meet SQA regulations.


Invigilators supervise the exam and make sure the rules are followed. Follow any instructions given by the invigilator and ask them for help if you feel unwell or upset.

Leaving the exam room

If you finish early or have done as much of the exam as you can, and you want to leave the exam room, raise your hand and ask the invigilator for permission to leave. If the exam is longer than one hour, the invigilator may allow you to leave after 30 minutes. If the exam is less than one hour, you must stay in the exam room until the end of the exam.

Before you leave, you must give the invigilator all your exam papers, including any answer booklets, extra sheets, question papers and data booklets. You could lose all marks for the paper concerned if you don’t give your exam papers to the invigilator before leaving the exam room.

  1. Read the instructions on the front of your question paper
  2. Check the subject and level are correct
  3. Fill in your details on the front page - including your name, school name and SCN

You will get either a :

  • combined question paper and answer booklet


  • separate question paper and answer booklet

Work through the question paper until you see the statement END OF QUESTION PAPER.

In a question paper, pages that don’t have any questions or instructions will say BLANK PAGE on them.

No page is completely blank. If you find a completely blank page before the END OF QUESTION PAPER statement, tell the invigilator.

Extra paper

If you need extra paper, raise your hand and ask the invigilator.

If you use extra paper, you must write your name, SCN and school name on each sheet and put these inside your answer booklet.

 In some subjects, extra pages or graph paper is at the end of the answer booklet.

Writing your answers

You must use a pen with black or blue ink.

Do not use gel pens as these can fade.

It is important the markers can read your writing. They might not be able to award marks if your writing is difficult to read.

When writing on unlined pages, try to leave a space of about one centimetre between lines.

In some subjects, poor spelling and punctuation could also result in marks not being awarded. If you have any concerns about this, or about your handwriting, speak to your teacher.

Cross out any rough work, or any unwanted answers if you make more than one attempt at a question. Don't use correction fluid.


  • Take your time
  • Read the question carefully
  • Answer the question being asked
  • Double check your answers if you finish early
  • Stay calm and do your best

Everyone should have a fair chance to do their best during exams.

Cheating and causing a disturbance during an exam are unfair to other candidates. Examples of cheating and unfair behaviour include:

  • Having prohibited items with you
  • Pretending to be someone else or getting someone else to take an exam for you.
  • Disruptive behaviour in the exam room.
  • Using rude, abusive, offensive or discriminatory language or images in your answers.
  • Copying from another person.
  • Collusion - working with other candidates on an individual task that must be your own work.
  • Plagiarism - failing to reference sources properly or presenting someone else’s work as your own.

Any cheating or unfair behaviour can have serious consequences for your results. This could include losing marks, getting a lower grade or having your qualification cancelled. Your school can explain more about this.

After your exam

An Exam Exceptional Circumstances service will be available if you are unable to sit your exam, due to:

  • Illness or bereavement at the time of your exam, or
  • Something happening at your school, college or training provider and the exam not taking place.

You or your parent/carer should contact the school as soon as possible, explaining what has happened.

They will discuss your options and whether or not you would be entitled to access the Exam Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service.

If you are eligible for the service, your school would need to contact us.

They must do this within 10 days after the exam, so it’s really important that you speak to them as soon as possible, giving them all the information about what happened.

More on the exceptional circumstances service.

You will get your results by post on Tuesday 9 August.

You can also get your results by text or email if you sign up to MySQA

Your school will also receive your results.

If you have applied to a university or college through UCAS, they will also receive your results.

If you don’t receive your certificate on results day, contact your school. They can tell you your results and will work with us to find out what has happened to your certificate.



MySQA is where you can:

  • see your qualifications
  • check the personal details we hold for you
  • get your results sent by email and text message

To create a logn you need an email address and your SCN.

After results day on Tuesday 9 August, if the grade you have been awarded is lower than your estimate, you will be able to appeal your results by contacting us directly or by going through your school, college or training provider.

Your school, college or training provider will discuss your appeal with you before sending us evidence to support your estimated grade. However the decision to appeal your grade is yours.


Discuss this with your school as soon as possible after getting your results.

The appeal can be prioritised if you have a conditional place at university or college, or in training or employment that depends on your grade.

This is a free service. 

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