Performance reports

A Performance Report is a service offered to centres delivering National Qualifications that have identified a particular performance issue within the subject, in relation to a candidate group performance, in an external assessment.

An experienced examiner will carry out an analysis of your candidate group performance in an external assessment. The resulting report will provide information on the general performance of your candidate group (but not at the level of individual candidate performance or marks), detail areas in which candidates performed well, detail areas which candidates found demanding and make recommendations.

There are two types of performance report available:

  • Standard Cohort (small centre, single class uptake, random selection of larger uptake)
  • Extended Cohort (larger uptake, specific selection of candidates)

Please note: the level of analysis in both types of reports is similar. The difference in cost reflects the time taken to analyse and prepare each report.


The pricing structure for these reports is tiered, with a charge for a report covering one externally assessed component, and a charge for any subsequent externally assessed component(s) required to be included in the report. All components must be from the same subject, level and course:

Components Standard Cohort Extended Cohort
1st externally assessed component £494.00 £659.00
Subsequent externally assessed
component(s) – per component within the same subject, level and Course
£180.00 £270.00

SQA will endeavour to support all requests for Performance Reports, subject to the availability of resources. Performance Report requests cannot be fulfilled if candidate evidence has been returned to the centre or candidate as part of the ‘return of External Assessment Material’ service.

The last date for requesting a Performance Report is 30 November 2017.

Following agreement to carry out a Performance Report, it can take up to six weeks to receive the completed report.

To request a performance report please complete and submit the form below:

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