Exam Information

RevisionThis page is devoted to the subject of exam support.  In the coming months you will be able to access information related to the S4 - S6 prelim exams, as well as the final SQA exams. 

Full details about exam timings, seating arrangements etc. will be issued to you by Mr Greenshields, nearer to your final exams.  If you are unsure about any aspect of the exam routines, then do come along and discuss it with your Year Head or Mr Bowman (SQA Coordinator). 





The key to success in exams lies in making sure that you:

  • work hard in your classes
  • maintain a set of notes for each subject
  • seek help from your teachers to improve the quality of your work and discuss any difficulties.
  • complete any homework tasks on time
  • complete folio or project work on time, letting your teachers view any initial drafts, as you complete them
  • 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
  • ensure you keep a balanced work/social life
  • do not put off tasks until later.......seize the moment and go for it!

The SQA website is a particularly useful source of information.  Many pupils do not realise that information on the course guidelines, example Past Exam Papers and even marking schemes 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 (Happens throughout the session).
  • Prelim Exams take place for S4 - S6 students (Dates for this year's exams can be found on the events area of this website).
  • Adjustments are made to levels of study where necessary (Parents are always involved in decisions related to a change of course).
  • Arrangements for any specialist assessment support are finalised in January of the session.  Again parents of these pupils are involved in this process.
  • Estimates are sent to the SQA (Usually around April).
  • Final unit assessment results are processed (In May)
  • Final exams are sat (May - June of each session)

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 submit a request for a post result query, then they are advised to speak both to the Principal Teacher of that subject and also Mr Bowman.  The senior students are normally invited to the school in August, to discuss both their option choices and any exam appeal requests. 

SQA Post Results Service

If a school or college has concerns about a candidate’s grade for National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher qualifications, they can request a clerical check or marking review.

Who is eligible for the service?

Candidates are eligible if their final grade is based on materials marked by SQA.

The final decision on whether to submit a Post-results Services request lies with the Head Teacher. The SQA cannot accept requests from individual candidates.

The school will review any requests and decision about whether to submit a request will be based on a criteria which looks at the estimate submitted, the performance across the year and that of the cohort. A full copy of the criteria is available in the documents tab.

The outcomes of decisions on whether to submit a review to the SQA will be given in writing and if you disagree with this decision you may appeal this. The school requires candidates (and parents) to sign a tear-slip, giving the school permission to submit a request to the SQA.

What is a clerical check?

A clerical check makes sure that:

• all parts of the materials have been marked
• the marks given for each answer have been totalled correctly

What is a marking review?

A marking review makes sure that:

• all parts of the materials have been marked
• the marking is in line with the national standard
• the marks given for each answer have been totalled correctly
• the correct result has been entered

A priority marking review can be requested if the candidate requires a result to secure a conditional place at university or college if the candidate meet the criteria.

Key Dates

The service opens on results day – 8 August 2017.

Priority marking review requests must be submitted by 18 August 2017.

Marking review and clerical check requests must be submitted by 29 August 2017.

How and when are results issued?

Results for Post-results Services requests will be sent electronically to the school or college who submitted the request on the following dates:

• 28 August 2017 – for priority marking review results
• 29 September 2017 – for marking review and clerical check results

Results for priority marking reviews will also be sent to the university or college contact provided at the time of the request.

Please note that results may remain unchanged, go up or go down. Candidates should give careful consideration about submitting a review request.

Any revised certificates will be posted to candidates at the end of November 2017. Revised results will also be updated on MySQA at the end of November 2017.

Please see Mr Bowman directly if you require any additional information or would like the school to consider submitting a review request.

Further Information about SQA Results Services can be found of the SQA website - http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/65428.html

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