Prior verification - HN and SQA Advanced

SQA offers Prior Verification for centres who decide to develop their own unit assessment.

SQA strongly recommends that you request Prior Verification before using a centre devised assessment with candidates. The service ensures assessments are fit for purpose and takes about six weeks but could take longer if an issue is identified.

Centres should make assessment tools as relevant as possible to suit local needs and to enable candidates to demonstrate their skills/knowledge. Centres are encouraged to seek prior verification of locally devised instruments of assessment and their associated marking schemes. SQA’s Guide to Assessment available on the SQA website.

Prior verification changes

We are making some changes to the Prior Verification Service offered to centres who devise their own assessments. These changes will ensure that we have sufficient resource available to continue offering this service throughout the year.

We hope that most centres can utilise this service during the non-chargeable period. We are keen to encourage centres to develop valid and suitable instruments of assessment and to do so as early as possible in the session.

Further information and guidance on prior verification is available in the Guide to Assessment or through development visits to your centre.

Should you have questions regarding the changes to the Prior Verification Service please contact or on 0345 213 5928.