Exam preparation

A collection of resources to help teachers, students and parents prepare for exams.

Find general information and advice, plus subject-specific revision resources.

Exam information

Exam timetable 2015

Learners can create and view their own personal exam timetable using the Scottish Qualification Authority's online timetable builder.

Your Exams 2015
This SQA booklet tells learners what to expect and what to do, and how they will receive their results and their certificate.


Revision in a Nutshell subject guides

Revision guides for individual subjects at National 5.

Higher revision guides

Guides to preparing for the new Higher exams.

BBC Bitesize

Revision tools from the BBC for students studying for Scottish and English qualifications.

SQA: Past question papers
SQA from where you can download National Qualification question papers for Intermediates, Highers and Advanced Highers - completely free of charge.
National 5 specimen question papers

These illustrate what the National 5 exams will look like, what candidates are expected to do, and how SQA will mark them.

SQA - Higher specimen question papers

Sample question papers illustrating the standard, structure and requirements of the question papers learners will sit from session 2014-15.

Dealing with stress

PDF file: Childline - Beat Exam Stress
Childline has produced a leaflet about how to beat exam stress. It has tips on how to revise and useful information to help you get ready for your exams.
Beat exam stress

Part of the NHS Live Well section, this advice on helping teenagers cope with exam stress is aimed at parents and carers.

Study skills

SQA Study Guides

SQA Study Guides are designed to help candidates prepare for their exams no matter what subject they are studying.

Study Skills
Young people can learn how to become effective learners and how to manage their own learning with this new interactive resource. The section for 15-18-year-olds has activities on how to make the most of lectures, how to revise for exams, and how to explore different styles and strategies for learning.
BBC Brainsmart (Scotland)

Find out about the 100 billion brain cells that make you the person you are. Learn about maximising memory, boosting motivation and making plans that really work.