SQA exams get under way today for tens of thousands of young people across Scotland who will sit National 5, Higher and Advanced Highers.

Almost 130,000 candidates will sit formal exams over the next six weeks. More than two million question papers will be handed out in over 500 schools, colleges and training providers across the country.

SQA exams will also be held in the US and a number of European countries, including Romania where the European Taekwon-do championships are taking place.

Special arrangements have been put in place for candidates who are, for example, representing their country at the time of their exams.

Many learners will also be in the final stages of completing National 1 to National 4 qualifications, SQA Awards, Skills for Work courses, National Progression Awards and National Certificates that are continually assessed throughout the year.

In total, more than 144,000 candidates are expected to get their results on Tuesday, August 8.

Fiona Robertson, SQA chief executive, and Scotland’s chief examining officer, said: “I would like to wish the young people who are about to sit exams or complete their assessments the very best in the coming weeks.

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“I also express my appreciation for the dedication and professionalism of teachers and lecturers across the country who have continued to support and guide thousands of learners.”

In recognition of the ongoing impact of disruption to teaching and learning that young people across Scotland have experienced due to the pandemic, the modifications to assessments have continued this year. These included removing elements of coursework or exams to help free up more time for learning and teaching of the course content.

Education Secretary Jenny Gilruth said: “I would like to commend learners for their dedication and resilience during what has been another challenging year. I would also like to thank the parents and carers, teachers, lecturers and other education staff who have supported our young people in preparing for their exams.

“To everyone sitting exams in the coming weeks, I wish you the best of luck and every success.”