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Welcome to the Understanding Standards website

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The purpose of the website is to provide teachers with an opportunity to understand the standards of assessment as they are applied by the SQA examination teams. It therefore assumes that users have subject knowledge and some familiarity with the examination papers and assessment arrangements.

Users have the opportunity to consider the principles which underpin the marking of their subjects and to apply an understanding of these by marking exemplar candidate responses and comparing the marks they give with those given by the marking team. A commentary from a senior marker is supplied with each example.

Contact the USW team

If you wish to contact the Understanding Standards website team about any aspect of the website, please use the Contact tab above.