Appeals 2022

Information for learners

After receiving your results, if you think any of your grades don’t seem right, you may be able to appeal.

If your final grade is lower than the estimate your school, college or training provider submitted to us before the exam, you may be able to make an appeal directly to SQA, or through your school, college or training provider. You should always discuss the discrepancy between your estimated grade and your final grade with your teachers/lecturers or centre staff to determine whether the estimated grade and supporting evidence support an appeals request.

Estimates form a significant part of the eligibility criteria to appeal. Therefore, it is important that you are aware of your estimate and understand how this was decided.

If you have any questions about any of your estimates, it is important that you talk to your teachers and/or lecturers as soon as possible.

Appeals 2022 - Gaelic (555 KB)

What happens next?

If your appeal request is accepted, SQA will carry out a clerical check of your exam script and assignments. SQA appointees – practising teachers and lecturers – will also review the assessment evidence that your school, college or training provider sends to us to decide your final grade. The final grade might be different to the estimate that your school, college or training provider sends us. In this case, you will be awarded the higher of the two grades based on the two sources of evidence.

Priority appeals

An appeal can be prioritised if you have a conditional place at university or college, or in training or employment that depends on your grade. Please confirm with your school, college or training provider if you have a conditional offer as all priority appeals must be validated by your centre.

Information for centres

We have now produced general information about the Appeals 2022 service (249 KB).

For information on the roles and responsibilities of SQA, centres and learners (pre- and post-certification) please read the Roles and Responsibilities for Appeals 2022 document (152 KB).

For more information about eligibility for appeals please read the message we sent to schools, colleges and training providers on 30 March 2022.

Equality impact and children's rights and wellbeing reports

SQA has produced an Equalities Impact Assessment and a Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment that summarise the evidence SQA considered during the development of the 2022 appeals service.