A simple guide to help you understand how the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) will make decisions about your results next year.

How will SQA be grading Nat 5s?

Your SQA Nat 5 results will be based on estimates given by your school. Your teachers will work out grade estimates by looking at the work you’ve done, your progress and the knowledge of the subject you’ve shown, and will then use this to estimate your grade. The SQA have provided schools with guidance about how to estimate grades, and senior teachers will check that the grades given are fair.

Will my Nat 5 estimates take into account if I’ve got additional support needs?

Yes, if you have got additional support needs then your teacher should take this into account when they estimate your Nat 5 grades.

What will happen about Higher and Advanced Higher exams?

Higher and Advanced Higher exams are due to go ahead from May 2021 with some extra measures in place to keep you safe like social distancing.

But, if public health advice at the time says it’s not possible for Higher and Advanced Higher exams to go ahead, SQA will have a contingency plan (plan B) in place so there will be an alternative way to grade you.

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Feeling worried?

You might feel anxious or upset about these changes and how they will impact you. Speak to your school if you have worries or if you feel you need extra support with your learning or in your exams .

Remember, your grades don’t define you. Whatever they are, you do have options for your future. Lots of people in interesting jobs have not taken a straight or obvious path to get there. There’s no wrong path.

Check out advice from Reach to help you with worries about exams.

Your school can support you and guide you on the next best steps forward after you leave school. There are also several organisations who are there for you to help you figure out your next steps after leaving school.

More info

You can get answers to lots of other questions you might have about your grades from SQA here.

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