Exam results season is here – with thousands of students about to find out their grades in SQA subjects.
SQA (Scottish Qualification Certificate) exam results for National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications are being released.
The Scottish Government had cancelled exams because of coronavirus concerns.
So results this year will be based on estimated grades supplied by teachers before the deadline of May 29.
When is SQA exam results day 2020 and what time are results given out?
SQA exam results will be released on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
If you do not want to wait for SQA to post your exam results you can ask to get them digitally instead.
The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has a service called MySQA. When you register with it you can:
- get your exam results by text or email
- keep track of all your future qualifications
- see all your old qualifications from 1995 onwards
If you have activated your MySQA account, you will get your results by email and/or text from 8am on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
If you didn’t activate your MySQA account or sign up for text or email, you will still receive your certificate through the post on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
How the SQA will calculate grades
This year’s grades will be based on teacher and lecturer estimates.
The SQA explained to students: “Your teachers and/or lecturers will take account of any available work that you have completed throughout the course.
“Using their teaching experience, and their knowledge of your work and your progress so far, they will make an estimate of the grade you would have achieved under normal circumstances.
“Estimate grades will be based on how well you have demonstrated the required skills, knowledge and understanding for each course at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher. We will then have the information we need to adjust estimates where necessary, and to ensure consistency – both across the country and in comparison with previous years.
“SQA asked your teachers or lecturers to discuss your estimated grade with another teacher and senior member of staff before sending it to us by Friday 29 May.”
Coursework is NOT being marked, it said.
The SQA explained: “Coursework for Higher and Advanced Higher courses are submitted later in the year, so as a result of the current public health advice on social distancing, you may not be able to complete it and we would not be able to receive it and mark it.
“We looked at the possibilities of marking National 5 coursework that we had already received, however it became clear that we could not go ahead with marking it in a way that was safe and secure for the hundreds of markers who work with us… or in a way that ensures all results are viewed with the same importance as those from previous and future years.
“We know this will be disappointing news. But we have taken this difficult decision to be as fair as possible to all learners, whilst responding to and following the latest public health guidance.”
All of this year’s grades will be recognised as official by universities.
What if you are not happy with your grades?
If you are not happy with the result you receive, you need to speak to your school or college who can ask the SQA to review it.
For 2020, the SQA is offering a free appeals service for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher courses.
Your school or college can use this service to request a review of your grade, if the grade you have been awarded is lower than the estimate grade your school or college submitted, and they have evidence to show that you were performing at the level of your estimate grade.
If your school or college is requesting a review on your behalf, they will discuss this with you first and explain the possible outcomes.
Your school or college then needs to send a range of evidence that you were performing at the grade they estimated you for. This can include work you have done in class or coursework that you completed or partially completed.
Once the SQA receives this evidence, a senior examiner will review the evidence along with any other evidence already held by SQA, such as unmarked coursework submitted before the exams were cancelled.
Your grade might stay the same or you could be awarded a higher or – in rare cases – a lower grade.
Another option is to sit an actual exam next year and then use whichever grade is better.