Adapted Digital Assessments


Who can use digital papers?

Pupils who are placed at a 'substantial disadvantage' with the usual 'published assessment arrangements'.

They are for learners who:

  • have difficulty with reading ordinary exam papers,
  • or with writing or recording responses.

For these pupils, the school can apply to the SQA to use 'Assessment Arrangements' for disabled candidates and/or those identified as having ASN.

A key part of this is ensuring schools meet their duties under the equality act 2010.

How many pupils are using them?

In 2017, there were:

  • 5,888 requests for digital papers for 2,398 candidates.

Over half the schools in Scotland now use digital papers.

What do digital papers look like?

There are 2 types of digital paper:

  • 'Question and answer' digital papers
  • 'Question only' digital papers
  • 'Question and answer' papers
    PDF file with answer boxes  in the paper itself for candidates to type their answers on screen.
  • 'Question only' papers
    Supplied with 'Digital Answer Booklets' for candidates to type their answers into a separate file.

How easy are they to implement?

  • 1. The school applies to the SQA to use digital papers.
  • 2. SQA sends digital papers on CD some weeks in advance of the day of the exam.
  • 3. On the day of the exam, school staff load the the digital papers (and answer booklets, if required) on to:
  • A computer with Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word and a text reader;
  • or an iPad (various apps).
  • 5. Completed digital papers and answer booklets are printed off and sent to the SQA to be marked.