02 November

SQA and Scottish Government are planning to hold an exam diet in April - June for all National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher subjects.

To help prepare our pupils for an exam diet we intend to hold a January Assessment - Prelim Window from Friday 14 January - Friday 28 January inclusive.    The purpose of holding such a diet is to allow:

  • pupils to practice under exam conditions
  • teacher and pupils to have a clear error analysis of areas which require further support - allowing time for support and recovery

Icon for pdf Prelim National 5 Timetable 2021/22 [258.88KB]

Icon for pdf Prelim Higher & Adv. Higher Timetable 2021/22 [259.46KB]


Most assessments will take place during class time; minimising disruption to learning and teaching.  The exceptions to this are Maths and English assessments.

Key SQA Guidelines for all Assessments

  • Mobile phones or any device which can access the internet should be switched off before entering an examination not left on 'silent' - such devices cannot be accessed during an assessment
  • Earpieces are not permitted

Study Support

Please continue to encourage your child to access the support they need; from their class teacher in the first instance as well as accessing supported study classes available from 1 November and private study library sessions every Monday. Supported Study and Homework Club

Other information

In addition; if public health advice changes and the exam diet can no longer take place; SQA have outlined that ongoing assessment which has taken place across the academic year will be used to support a grade based on teacher judgement.