SQA Post Results Service Policy and Procedures

The SQA Post Results Service Policy and Procedures document is available to download.

SQA Examination Results 2017

This year’s SQA examination results are issued on Tuesday 8 August. These results arrive by first class post, and by text or e-mail if you have registered for this service through ‘My SQA’. We hope that our pupils are very happy with their results, and that they have been duly rewarded for the work that they put into their studies. If any of those results are not as expected, however, the following information may be useful.

There is no longer an appeals process. In its place, SQA introduced two new services in 2014.

The Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service has been operating throughout the examination period. Pupils who were unable to sit an exam for very good reason, such as a family bereavement or evidence of serious illness, or whose performance may have been badly affected by similar circumstances, will have been put forward for Exceptional Circumstances Consideration.  In such cases, the school will have forwarded alternative evidence - a sample of the pupil’s work - to support their request for a qualification to be awarded.  The award granted, however, may not be the same as that estimated by the school.

The Post-Results Service has replaced the former Appeals Process. Where a candidate’s grade is significantly different from that expected, based on the evidence the school holds about the candidate’s performance throughout the course, a school may request a clerical check and/or an SQA marking review. The clear expectation before such a request is submitted is that there is compelling evidence from all aspects of assessment carried out by the school including class tests, unit tests, coursework and prelims.

  • A clerical check is a check that all questions have been marked and all marks totalled correctly.
  • A marking review is where an SQA senior examiner will review the marks awarded to each question to ensure that the original marking was in line with national standards: the work will not be re-marked. The only evidence checked is the candidate’s 2017 examination script and the decision about the grade awarded will be made solely on the candidate’s performance in the SQA examination. The school is not able to submit alternative or additional evidence, such as course work or prelim examination evidence, to support the request for a review.

Please note that the decision to ask for a marking review rests solely with the school. Principal Teachers, in consultation with teaching staff, will identify candidates who may be eligible for review.  Marking review requests will then be directed through the school’s SQA Coordinator. Priority Marking Review requests must be made by 18 August (for candidates who have already been offered a place at university or college and whose places are dependent on a particular grade) and the result will be sent to school and the university/college on 28 August 2017. All other marking review requests must be made by 29 August and the result will be sent to school on 29 September 2017. If a result has been amended, a revised SQA certificate will be sent to the candidate by the end of November 2017.

Though the school makes the decision on whether to submit a marking review request, the candidate must give permission for all requests in writing. Please note that as a result of a clerical check and/or marking review, the candidate’s grade may stay the same, be amended up or be amended down.

The SQA has put in place checks in respect of the quality of each marker’s assessment and the accuracy of total marks awarded. This takes place before results are released to candidates and is in place to ensure that final results are as accurate as possible. You can find more information about the post-results service on the SQA website.