SQA Exams

This page is designed to give you information about SQA national courses. In the coming months you will be able to access information related to the S4 - S6 national qualifications, as well as the final SQA exams.


The key to success in exams lies in making sure that you:
• work hard in all your classes
• revise all classwork for each subject
• ask your teachers for help if you don’t understand anything to improve the quality of your work.
• complete all homework on time and to the best of your ability
• complete folio or project work on time, and ask your teachers to check your work as you complete them
• attend all your mentoring meetings as arranged
• prepare a study plan, which helps you to cope not only with homework demands but encourages you to revise on a regular basis
• find and develop revision strategies which suit your style of learning
• attend any supported study activities offered by your teachers
• keep up with all your schoolwork and do it as soon as you can!


The SQA website has lots of useful information such as the course guidelines, example Past Exam Papers and even marking schemes which are all available to pupils. The SQA publishes and distributes a series of helpful leaflets to pupils, which can help them to understand their involvement in the exam processes. A timetable of dates for the final exam diet is normally published online by the SQA at the start of each session (www.sqa.org.uk)


If you are worried or stressed by the thought of exams, help is always available. This page also contains links to websites offering advice about how best to cope with stress. Your guidance teacher will be happy to help you overcome any difficulties.


The normal SQA routines followed by the school are:
• S3 - S6 students are registered for the courses that they are studying (Usually in September).
• The results of any internal assessments are recorded and where necessary transferred on to the SQA
• Prelim Exams take place for S4 - S6 students in January/February each year
• Adjustments are made to levels of study as necessary at certain points in the school year (Parents are always involved in decisions related to a change of course).
• Requests for any alternative arrangements for pupils are finalised in January of the session. Again parents of these pupils are involved in this process.
• Estimates grades are sent to the SQA at the end of March each year
• Final unit assessment results are processed in May
• Final SQA exams take place in April, May and June each year


Please note that each student will be asked to check and confirm the final exam course levels. This check also ensures that:
• the final certificate contains their correct personal details and
• the delivery address for the results is correct.


Should for any reason, a pupil require to use our results services, (see below) please contact Mrs Allan (SQA Coordinator).


Results Services
Results Services support candidates taking the examination-based components of National Courses.


There are two Results Services:
Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service

This service supports candidates who have been unable to attend an externally assessed timetabled examination, or whose performance in an externally assessed timetabled examination may have been fundamentally affected as a result of an incident beyond their control.


It is only available before the results are published, and exists to support only those candidates who have suffered an exceptional circumstance, such as bereavement or a medical condition.


This service is available for all examinations that appear in the examination timetable. If a school or college believes a candidate has been affected by exceptional circumstances it will inform SQA and submit alternative evidence of attainment demonstrated by the candidate such as coursework, class assessments or prelim exams.


It is always recommended that a candidate sits the examination where possible. Sitting the examination does not exclude the candidate from having an exceptional circumstances request submitted on their behalf.


Post-results Service
This service operates after candidates receive their exam results. If a school is concerned by a candidate’s result and believes the final mark does not reflect expectations then they can request a priority marking review, clerical check or a marking review of the exam paper and other externally assessed components, such as a portfolio.


If the clerical check or marking review leads to a change of grade (either up or down), this will be amended on our computer system and a new certificate will be issued to the candidate.


There will be no consideration of ‘alternative evidence’ with this service. If the original grade remains unchanged following the check/review, there will be a charge for this service.

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