The pass rate for the 60,934 candidates at Higher went up to 69 per cent from 68.5 per cent last year. Mr Tuck also singled out passes at A band - 15. 7 per cent compared with 15.3 per cent.
Almost 10,500 got at least four Highers, with 4,985 achieving five passes, 143 six passes and a trio with seven.
At Standard grade, more pupils achieved Credit level (grades 1 and 2). The percent-age rose to 39.4 from 37.7, with a corresponding drop at General level (grades 3 and 4) from 42.3 per cent to 41.6. No one equalled last year's top performer with 10 Standard grades.