Assessment resources

We have published assessment resources for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher.

Teachers and lecturers have the option to use these resources when gathering evidence to determine provisional results.

Coursework assessment tasks

Coursework assessment tasks are available from our NQ subject pages.

For subjects that have an annually released assignment, such as Administration and IT, Computing Science, Design and Manufacture and Graphic Communication, these are published on the SQA Secure website (arrange access through your SQA Co-ordinator).

Question papers

2021 question papers and marking instructions are available from the SQA Secure website (arrange access through your SQA Co-ordinator). 

You can use these question papers in full or in part. For example:

The question papers and marking instructions must be stored securely and treated as confidential. You must not share or discuss the contents of the question papers online or in any location where they could be accessed by unauthorised persons. 

Digital question papers

National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher question papers for disabled learners and learners with additional support needs are available from the SQA Secure website (arrange access through your SQA Co-ordinator).

These are interactive PDF versions of the question papers that can be used with speech recognition or text reading software, where this is installed.

View more information on digital question papers.

Understanding Standards resources

Our wide range of subject-specific Understanding Standards resources explain and illustrate the national standards required in assessments. These include new resources to support you with gathering evidence for provisional results.

Available from your NQ subject page.

How to use assessment resources to gather evidence

You can choose which assessment resources to use with your learners, in line with our subject-specific guidance on gathering evidence. 

This guidance is available from your NQ subject page. It explains the types and volume of evidence you should gather for each course, along with advice on using SQA assessment resources. 

View more information on gathering evidence.

How to create bespoke assessments

The following videos show how to extract content from published question papers to create your own bespoke assessments. Please note that the method described in the videos will create assessment content that is not accessible to any learners who require assistive technology such as text or screen readers, or who use braille. For these learners please follow your usual method of creating accessible, internal assessments.

CALL Scotland provide guidance on making assessment papers which may be useful when creating accessible assessments.

How to create your own bespoke assessments in Windows 10:

How to create your own bespoke assessments using Chromebook:

How to create your own bespoke assessments using an iPad: