SQA exams get underway

30 April 2018

Monday 30 April marks the beginning of the SQA exams period for tens of thousands of young people across Scotland.

Along with those sitting exams over the next five weeks, candidates who have undertaken National 1, National 2, National 3, National 4, Skills for Work Courses and other awards, which are continually assessed throughout the year, will be among the 137,332 pupils and students who will receive their results on Tuesday 7 August.

Those candidates studying National 5, Higher, and Advanced Higher courses begin an examination schedule that starts with National 5 Urdu, and Higher and Advanced Higher Spanish at 9am on Monday. The exam period will run through to Monday 4 June, concluding with question papers for students studying Gàidhlig, German, and Politics.

More than half a million individual exams will be sat by over 124,000 candidates in 480 schools and colleges across the country, which are marked by SQA.

This is the first year that students will be sitting the revised National 5 courses, following the removal of unit assessments. Students’ final grade will be based on a combination of externally assessed coursework and the exam.

The final grades of those students sitting Higher and Advanced Higher exams this year will continue to reflect the combination of coursework, projects, and results they have achieved through internal assessments conducted throughout the academic year.
 
Dr Janet Brown, SQA Chief Executive and Scotland’s Chief Examining Officer, said: “I’d like to send my best wishes to everyone sitting examinations and taking qualifications at schools and colleges between now and the end of the term. After months of hard work and hours of study, many thousands of young people throughout Scotland are preparing to complete their qualifications and take the next step in their education or into work.”
 
Each year SQA’s in-house team of assessment experts is supported by some 15,000 ‘appointees’ who help to set, invigilate, and mark more than one million exam scripts, and quality assure the internal assessments.
 
Dr Brown added: “We very much value and rely on the expertise of our appointees – teachers and lecturers who bring with them a wealth of experience from the classroom. I want to thank them, and SQA's own hard-working staff, for their continued support and commitment to maintaining the high standards of Scottish qualifications."

“At all levels, our qualifications provide candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding they’ve acquired and prepare them for further study, employment or training. Our qualifications are robust, relevant, and designed to equip young people with a wide range of skills.” 

Candidates who have signed up and activated their personal MySQA accounts are reminded they can choose to receive their results by text and/or email from 8am on Tuesday 7 August.
 
To register, candidates should log onto www.mysqa.info with their Scottish Candidate Number by 5pm on Tuesday 17 July and activate their account by 5pm on Wednesday 18 July. This year, over 48,000 candidates have already registered for the service. In addition to electronic delivery, all candidates will continue to receive their results by post on Tuesday 7 August.