National 5 assessment resources — question papers
We are publishing National 5 question papers and marking instructions, which teachers and lecturers can use when gathering evidence for producing estimates in session 2020–21. Using the National 5 question papers is optional, as you can also use other types of evidence when producing estimates.
You can use the question papers however you choose. However, as stated in the recent update from the National Qualifications 2021 Group, given current public health advice, and to maximise learning and teaching time, there is no expectation that schools and colleges hold a formal diet of prelims for National 5 this year.
View more information on how to use the National 5 question papers.
Question papers and marking instructions are now available for the following subjects:
Published 3 December:
- Biology (including analysis grid and additional 'scientific literacy' question and marking instructions)
- Graphic Communication
Published 27 November:
- Business Management
- Gaelic (Learners)
- Mandarin (Simplified)
- Mandarin (Traditional)
Published 25 November:
- Applications of Mathematics
- Classical Studies
- Engineering Science
- Fashion and Textile Technology
- Health and Food Technology
- Modern Studies
- Practical Cake Craft
- Practical Cookery
- Practical Electronics
- Practical Metalworking
- Practical Woodworking
- Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
We will publish all remaining subjects by the end of this week.
How to access National 5 question papers
The question papers are available from the ‘NQ Assessment Resources’ section of the SQA Secure website, and you can arrange access to them through your SQA Co-ordinator. When not in use, the question papers and marking instructions must be stored securely and treated as confidential. The content of the question papers must not be shared or discussed online – including on social media – or in any other location where they could be accessed by unauthorised persons.