Understand how you’ll be graded when you can’t take exams during coronavirus

Because of coronavirus, the Scottish Government has decided that exams and coursework assessments for all Scottish school pupils cannot take place this year.

If you were expecting to sit your Highers or other exams this year, it might feel like an uncertain time for you and you might be worried about what this change means for you.

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (or SQA) is doing everything it can to make sure that all of your hard work at school and your achievements as a learner are recognised in as fair a way as possible.

How will I be graded if I can’t take my exams?

This year your results will be based on your estimated grades – the grades your teachers expect you to get. Your teachers will use their skills to look at all the work you’ve already done across the year and the knowledge of the subject you have shown in your work, and will use this to decide on your grade. The SQA has a new guide to help you and your parents/carers understand how this will be done and answer any questions you have about what this means for you.

You will be sent your results by Tuesday 4 August 2020. If you’re able to, please sign up for MySQA so you receive your results by text and/or email.

What if I’m not happy with my grades?

If you are unhappy with your grade you may be able to ask for it to be reviewed. Tell your school that you aren’t happy and that you would like them to appeal the result for you.

Feeling stressed about these changes to how you’ll be graded?

You might feel worried or upset about these changes to how you’ll be graded. It’s really important that you stay connected with your school and your teachers at this time so they can support you and guide you on next best steps forward.

The SQA is working with employers, colleges and universities to make sure that the impact of coronavirus doesn’t affect your plans after school.