SQA – Appeals Process 2023

Friday 10th February 2023

The SQA have announced the appeals process for this year’s exams. It will be significantly different to last year’s process, and bears more resemblance to the way in which appeals were decided pre-Covid.

The Process

This year any student will be able to request an appeal, if they believe their grade is incorrect. However, no in-class assessments, or prelims will be sent to the SQA as alternative evidence. Instead the SQA will review SQA marked exams and coursework to ensure the marking is in line with national standards.

A appeal can be requested by a student, or by the school on a student’s behalf. In addition, the process will be free this year.

A priority appeals service will be available to students who require an urgent appeal for entry into a college or university course.

Does my evidence matter then?

Your evidence will still be used if you require the SQA’s Exceptional Circumstances Consideration Service. This service is for students who, for exceptional reasons, find themselves unable to sit an exam. In this case we would provide your assessment evidence to the SQA to enable them to derive your final grade.

Perhaps most importantly, your assessment evidence will be used by you and your teacher to plan your next steps in learning. Regular feedback is vital for improvement and formal opportunities for you to practice your skills under exam conditions are important to show how you are progressing with key course skills and knowledge.

More detail can be found here on the SQA website.

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