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How to Request Digital Papers

Requesting a digital paper from the SQA

In previous years the school or centre would request digital papers following the SQA Assessment Arrangements procedure.

For 2021, SQA are not providing DQPs through the Assessment Arrangements system because teachers are creating their own assessments. DQPs from past years are available from SQA's Digital Question Papers and new assessments can be obtained from SQA's secure site

SQA say that the new question papers can "be used in full or in part". Note that these new question papers do not have answer boxes (as of 8/3/21) although I am hopeful that SQA will adapt them with answer boxes in the near future. 

Go to our pages on Making Digital Prelims and Assessments to find out more about how you can use SQA papers to create your own assessments and to insert answer boxes.

Requesting a digital paper for GCSE & GCE

Most of the GCSE and GCE awarding bodies provide Digital Papers as a type of 'Access Arrangement' for candidates who have a disability.

With the exception of Pearson, the papers are 'non-interactive PDFs', which means they do not have answer boxes.

Requests for Digital Papers are made via the awarding bodies' Access Arrangements Online system (see below for each awarding body).

AQA is an exception, since their papers can be used by any candidate.


  • If you intend to use a Computer Reader (text reader) to read the paper, you must make a request via the awarding bodies' Access Arrangements Online system.
  • Centres do not need to request permission to use a word processor with spellcheck turned off to type answers in an examination, where it is appropriate to their needs, and is their normal way of working.

Awarding bodies

  • AQA
    Centres can download papers from AQA's secure site on the day of the exam, for use by any candidate - they are not restricted to candidates who require Access Arrangements.
  • CCEA
    Provide non-interactive PDF versions of papers as an Access Arrangement.
  • OCR
    Provide non-interactive PDF question papers as an Access Arrangement.
  • Pearson
    Provide 'Accessible PDFs' - interactive on-screen answer boxes which are also tagged, with 'alt text' for images so they can be read with computer readers.
  • WJEC
    As far as we know, WJEC does not provide Digital Papers.