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, Highers and Advanced Highers?

Your SQA 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 estimated grades 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 grades.

Will there be any exams this year?

There will be no final exams for Nat 5s, Highers and Advanced Highers in 2021. You will still have things like tests, prelims and mock exams as these will help your teachers estimate your grades.

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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.

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.

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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Young Scot have got lots of good advice about exams too.