It is important that children and young people are supported at home and school to prepare them well for internal assessments in school and external exams.
The type of support required may depend upon the course assessment. Assessments may be carried out using one or two of the following methods:
Regular attendance throughout the year will help to ensure that your child or young person keeps up with course work and homework. If they do fall behind, through illness perhaps, you should speak to the school about any support which can help them catch up.
Talking to your child or young person to reassure and encourage them and taking an appropriate level of interest in what they are doing will help them get through what can be a stressful time and will help them to do their best.
The number of competing priorities on a child or young person's time often makes it difficult for them to decide where to start and what to do next.
Preparing for assessments and exams is often something that some children or young people only begin to think about in the last few weeks (and sometimes only days) before the event.
Encourage your child or young person to start revising in good time to avoid cramming and panic.
Help your child or young person to plan a realistic timetable of study for each subject. Their school may have given them a revision planner which can be used / adapted to plan their own time. Subject teachers will give students information on when internal assessments will take place.
Remember: Sometimes an exam is on a public holiday. The exam will definitely take place on that day and there will be no opportunity to sit it on another day. Schools and colleges are allowed to change the start times of exams slightly, so you should double-check the times of examinations with your child or young person's school / college. Courses will typically also have a second assessment element e.g. an assignment or a practical activity, depending on the subject being studied (or some courses may not have an exam element at all). These additional assessments may not take place during the official SQA timetable period. Your child or young person's school will be able to give you more details on what this involves and the timing of any assessment.
SQA support for parents - Information to help you support your child or young person if they are studying for National Qualifications exams.
Support for pupils who are worried about exams on the Reach website.
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