Tens of thousands of pupils in Scotland began their exams yesterday.
Over the next five weeks 124,000 pupils will sit half a million individual exams in National 1, National 2, National 3, National 4, Skills for Work Courses and other awards which are continually assessed by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
Pupils will then have a long wait until August 7 when exam results are released.
This is the first year that students will be sitting the revised National 5 courses, following the removal of unit assessments.
Dr Janet Brown, SQA chief executive and Scotland’s chief examining officer, said: “I’d like to send my best wishes to everyone sitting examinations and taking qualifications at schools and colleges between now and the end of the term. After months of hard work and hours of study, many thousands of young people throughout Scotland are preparing to complete their qualifications and take the next step in their education or into work.”
Every year the SQA is assisted by 15,000 ‘appointees’ who help to set, invigilate, and mark the exam scripts.
Dr Brown added: “We very much value and rely on the expertise of our appointees – teachers and lecturers who bring with them a wealth of experience from the classroom. I want to thank them, and SQA’s own hard-working staff, for their continued support and commitment to maintaining the high standards of Scottish qualifications.
“At all levels, our qualifications provide candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge and understanding they’ve acquired and prepare them for further study, employment or training. Our qualifications are robust, relevant, and designed to equip young people with a wide range of skills.”
Over 48,000 pupils have signed up for their personal MySQA accounts this year who will receive their results electronically, by text and/or email from 8.00am.