Your conduct

Improper conduct

Exam Hall

All improper conduct and actions that cause a disturbance during an exam are considered malpractice and will be reported to SQA and investigated. Investigations may have very serious consequences and penalties may be applied which can include losing marks in your exam and having your exam entry cancelled.

Examples of improper conduct are:-

Ownership and copyright of exam material

When you submit exam materials to SQA, or permit your school or college to submit them on your behalf, you are agreeing to the materials becoming the physical property of SQA.

By exam material, we mean any of the following that are submitted to SQA for assessment:

In addition, your submission of the materials is an agreement that SQA is permitted to use these materials for marking and other purposes such as training. SQA will not disclose your name or Scottish Candidate Number, or any other identifying details.

Marking your exams

From the moment you hand in your completed answer booklet to the Invigilator at the end of the exam, that booklet begins a journey that doesn't end until August — and it may only be a part of what makes up your final results. After each exam, your answer booklet is tracked through the various stages of the marking process.

Marking is carried out by approximately 11,000 teachers and lecturers across the country, carefully selected by SQA based on their experience and subject expertise. All of these markers receive training in preparation for marking your answers, so that all of them mark in a fair, consistent way for all subjects, and all candidates. Throughout the marking process, we carry out checks to ensure that all markers mark your exam papers in line with national standards.

It is only once these processes are complete for every subject that we can finally combine all of your marks to produce your final results. Depending on the subject, this might include coursework marks that your school or college submitted to us before the exams began, as well as marks for any parts of the course that were assessed directly by SQA (including performances of speaking exams that we assessed during a visit to your school or college). All of these contribute to your overall grade. For each subject, we determine the mark needed to achieve a grade A, B, C or D.

Your certificate is then printed and posted so you receive it at the same time as your classmates and fellow candidates (150,000 in total!) in early August.