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How to Use Digital Exams and Assessments

This course addresses the use of ICT in SQA external examinations and also for internal assessments, particularly National Literacy Units, given that readers and scribes cannot be used in the assessment of reading or writing.

SQA offers Digital Question Papers for pupils and students with additional support needs who have difficulties with ordinary exam papers. Digital question papers and assessments enable candidates to work more independently and reduce reliance on readers and scribes. The papers have proved very successful and popular with centres and candidates and over half the schools in Scotland used them in 2017.

We will look at Digital Question Papers and assessments for different subjects and levels, consider which candidates might benefit from them, and discuss the practicalities of organising ICT resources, staff and accommodation. The course covers use of Windows computers and iPads.

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What you'll learn on the training course

  • What Digital Question Papers and assessments are, and how to access them;
  • Approaches for administering Digital Question Papers and assessments;
  • How to use ICT in National Literacy assessments;
  • Awareness of how to create adapted digital prelims and assessments.

Who is the course for?

This course is particularly suited to:

  • Subject teachers;
  • Support for Learning staff.

Our trainers and equipment

CALL Scotland is a registered provider of CPD (PLfind) for all staff working within Curriculum for Excellence or with pupils with Additional Support Needs.

Our specialist trainers bring a tailor-made service to your school and will discuss your requirements fully beforehand.

We can provide a set of Windows laptops and iPads, or your equipment can be used, provided that all the appropriate software is installed.


Price guide

SLA: Service Level Agreement ( some Local Authorities have an SLA with CALL Scotland)

SLA Rate
(1 trainer)
Standard Rate
(1 trainer)
SLA rate
(2 trainers)
Standard Rate
(2 trainers)
2 Hours
£305 £360 £470 £580
Half Day
(3 hours)
£320 £390 £520 £615
Full day
(6 hours)
£520 £640 £850 £1035

Additional costs and travel.