More than half of the pupils who sat the Higher exam this year achieved an A, a fifth an upper A, and four 100 per cent.
This year, the number of pupils increased to 1,195 from 1,023 last year. Candidates were described by markers as "very able".
Where pupils fared worst was the translation - "lacking accuracy and precision as to tense recognition, word order, idioms and other aspects of grammar".
Teachers were encouraged to ensure future candidates were aware that the translation section is worth 10 per cent and that they "devote appropriate time and care" to it.
At Advanced Higher, performance in speaking, reading and translation, and listening and discursive writing were better than in previous years, although there was a drop in candidates from 154 candidates last year to 127 this year.
A "fresh approach to the study of literary texts would be welcomed", given that the majority of students had chosen to study Lorca (right).
Markers advised students to proof-read their folio pieces before submitting the final version, and to pay attention to the standard of their English.