New Higher Exemplar Question Papers, Marking Instructions and guidance

30 October 2014

As communicated to centres in our special edition June 2014 update, for every new Higher Course that includes a question paper as part of the Course assessment, we are producing an Exemplar Question Paper (EQP) and Marking Instructions, along with specific guidance for teachers and lecturers.

The EQP is an additional resource that teachers, lecturers and candidates can use to prepare for the live Higher question papers. It may also be useful to parents/carers in supporting candidates who are preparing for Course assessment

The EQPs have been produced using existing questions from Higher past papers. These questions have either been used as previously published, or have been amended to reflect changes to the Higher Course. The EQPs also have Marking Instructions, which have been amended to reflect changes to Higher assessment requirements.

To enable teachers and lecturers to produce further examples of questions for use with their learners, when preparing for Course assessment, the guidance illustrates how the EQPs and Marking Instructions have been devised. Centres must also refer to previously published Course Assessment Specifications, past paper guidance and Course comparison documents to ensure they are using the EQP documents accurately.

Centres must note that Specimen Question Papers and Exemplar Question Papers, in their entirety, will not be accepted as support for Exceptional Circumstances Consideration. These papers and associated Marking Instructions are in the public domain and can be accessed by candidates.

Higher Exemplar Question Papers, Marking Instructions and guidance will be published between mid-December 2014 and the end of January 2015.