National 5 exams ‘are far too long’

Teachers criticise new and extended exams, but SQA says its own feedback does not echo these concerns

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National 4 – and its lack of any external assessment – has in recent years provided the biggest talking point on results day. Big falls in uptake over successive years have suggested that the qualification was in need of an overhaul.

Now, however, with an announcement imminent on its future design – in a year when there was actually a 3.6 per cent increase in students presented for N4, after those who gained an N4 as a fallback were factored out – attention has largely shifted to National 5.

In 2017-18, when most subjects had longer N5 exams – or had an exam for the first time – it suffered a ...

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