SQA publishes 2016-17 Post Results Services Statistics

The statistics for our Post Results Services (PRS) following the 2016-17 academic year are now available.

The key findings are:

Of the 512,145 entries in 2016–17, there were 14,536 (2.8%) requests either for a clerical check, or a marking review. This can be further refined as:

  • 2.7% of entries requested the Marking Review service;
  • 0.1% of entries requested the Priority Marking Review service;
  • Less than 0.05% of entries requested the Clerical Check service.

Almost ninety six percent (95.6%) of all requests were for a marking review. A smaller number of requests went through the priority marking review (3.8%) and, the clerical check (0.6%).

Across the three available services, 16.5% of the 14,536 requests resulted in a grade change either up or down (2,396 of 14,536 requests). This is a decrease from 19.3% in 2016.

Post Results Services allows schools and colleges, to query candidates’ results if they are deemed to be unexpected, given their professional knowledge of a learner’s performance throughout the year.

Three services are available to schools and colleges:

  • Clerical Check - ensures all marks were correctly totalled.
  • Marking Review - exam materials are reviewed by a Senior Examiner to ensure the original marker followed the agreed marking scheme and the exam paper was marked to the nationally agreed standard. It includes a Clerical Check.
  • Priority Marking Review - same as a Marking Review but is prioritised and is mainly used for candidates who have a university place pending on the outcome of the review.

Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive, and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer, said: “Our approach to assessing qualifications is high-quality, rigorous and fair for all candidates. However it is right that schools and colleges have the opportunity to query results on behalf of their learners and ensure that their efforts are correctly rewarded.

“Our Post Results Services, which were designed in partnership with stakeholders throughout Scotland’s education community, have again shown that at the heart of all our activities is a commitment to delivering the highest possible standard of national qualifications.”