SQA Results Day 2013 - Appeals FAQ

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This thread is for all those questions and discussions about SQA appeals. Note that nobody on this forum is going to know whether or not your appeal will be successful, you just need to try by putting in an appeal and waiting to find out. This is the final year the appeals system will be running this way, if you want to read about the Results Service which will be replacing the appeals system in the 2013-14 academic year, please read this link on the SQA website. Good luck!

What is an appeal?
Appeals can be submitted by your school or college if it turns out you didn't do as well as expected in one or more of your SQA exams. They are relevant to National Qualifications which include Standard Grade, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher levels. The SQA will be sent copies of your prelim and any further evidence which shows you are capable of achieving a higher grade than you did in your final exam. The SQA will then decide whether or not there is sufficient evidence to suggest you're capable to achieve better and to see if it warrants your grade being increased or not.

Am I eligible for an appeal?
Whether or not you are eligible depends on the grade your school or college sent to the SQA as a predicted grade. All of your teachers/lecturers will have submitted an estimated grade to the SQA prior to exams. If the grade they submitted is higher than the grade you achieved (e.g. they estimated a B but you achieved a C), then you will be eligible for an appeal. If the estimated grade submitted is the same as or lower than what you achieved, you will not be eligible for an appeal (e.g. they estimated a B and you achieved a B). Your school or college will have a list of those who are eligible for appeal so you may want to contact them to see if you are on the list.

How are appeals submitted?
Your school or college must submit the appeal for you. However, it is up to you to ensure that the appeal is submitted. Some schools and teachers will automatically submit appeals on or after results day without the candidate asking. However, some schools and teachers don't so I would advise you to chase it up and ask for an appeal to be sent in for you (if you are eligible). You will not be charged by your school or the SQA for submitting an appeal. There are different deadlines for your school submitting appeals depending on the level. If it is for a Higher or Advanced Higher subject (stage 1), the deadline is 21 August 2013. If it is for a Standard Grade or Intermediate subject (stage 2), the deadline is 9 September 2013. If you need an appeal to get into university, your school will need to submit an urgent appeal. More information on that below.

When will I find out the results of my appeal?
If you have submitted an urgent appeal, read below for more information on when you will hear back. If you have submitted an appeal for a Higher or Advanced Higher subject, the SQA will send the appeals result to your centre on 23 September 2013. For Standard Grade and Intermediates, the SQA will send the results to your centre on 28 October 2013. To find out whether your appeal was successful or unsuccessful, you will have to ask your school or college around 5 working days after the above date. Additionally, you will be sent your updated SQA certificate around November.

I need an appeal urgently to meet my conditional offer for university
If you are hoping to meet a conditional offer for university but realise you have missed your offer, you may be eligible to submit an urgent appeal. The rules on eligibility are the same for any appeal: your final grade must be below the estimated grade your school or college sent the SQA. If you are eligible, you must contact your school immediately on results day and arrange to submit an urgent appeal. You must make very clear to whoever you speak to at your school or college that your university place depends on this so that this information can be passed on to the SQA and it can be marked as an urgent appeal.

It is also extremely important you contact the university where you are hoping to meet the conditions and tell them that you have submitted an urgent appeal to the SQA in the hope that you will meet the conditions. They will probably have already declined you on UCAS Track but if you make them aware of this new information, it is likely that they'll wait to hear about the result of your SQA appeal. The earliest date SQA can send an appeals result to a university is 30 August 2013 so it is a good idea to let the university know this too so they can know when to expect to hear from the SQA. If the conditional offer is for your firm university, you must also contact your insurance choice university to make them aware of the situation so they know that you may not be going to their university. It's very important you keep both universities up to date on the situation. This is a stressful time, but try not to panic.

Can an appeal improve my grade by more than 1 grade (e.g. from a C to an A?)
Yes. It's not very common but it is possible. It will depend on the evidence available to the SQA which your school or college sent them. I would not expect it to happen very often though.

I got an A in my prelim but a B in my exam: will I be successful in my appeal?
This question (and its variations) is the most common question on TSR when it comes to appeals. Simply, nobody on this forum can answer that question I'm afraid. It all depends on the evidence sent to the SQA by your school or college. They will take into consideration your prelim mark, the level the prelim was set at, the marking instructions for the prelim, what the grade boundaries for the prelim were and a number of different factors. Only the subject specialists working for the SQA are able to answer that question. If you are eligible for an appeal, then go ahead and submit one as you have nothing to lose but unfortunately nobody here can tell you what the outcome of the appeal will be.
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Anyway to the point i thought i would get in before the madness begins.
I think I may have got a B in my Higher Physics Exam, I got an A in the first prelim (79%) and in the second prelim which was unit 3 (above 90% as teacher read out answers but won't mark unless you need an appeal) what's my chances of an appeal all of the questions in the prelims were from the 2000 - 04/5 ish past papers.
What's my chances of an appeal if I get a B tomorrow or even worse a C ?
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Anyway to the point i thought i would get in before the madness begins.
I think I may have got a B in my Higher Physics Exam, I got an A in the first prelim (79%) and in the second prelim which was unit 3 (above 90% as teacher read out answers but won't mark unless you need an appeal) what's my chances of an appeal all of the questions in the prelims were from the 2000 - 04/5 ish past papers.
What's my chances of an appeal if I get a B tomorrow or even worse a C ?
Did you read the FAQ? See below

I got an A in my prelim but a B in my exam: will I be successful in my appeal?
This question (and its variations) is the most common question on TSR when it comes to appeals. Simply, nobody on this forum can answer that question I'm afraid. It all depends on the evidence sent to the SQA by your school or college. They will take into consideration your prelim mark, the level the prelim was set at, the marking instructions for the prelim, what the grade boundaries for the prelim were and a number of different factors. Only the subject specialists working for the SQA are able to answer that question. If you are eligible for an appeal, then go ahead and submit one as you have nothing to lose but unfortunately nobody here can tell you what the outcome of the appeal will be.
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What's the chances of getting an appeal if you got an A in the prelim but had a terrible exam day and failed?


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What's the chances of getting an appeal if you got an A in the prelim but had a terrible exam day and failed?


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Again, it's impossible to give a proper answer to these sorts of questions. I would expect you'd at least get appealed to a pass if your evidence was solid. Refer to the last question in the OP though.
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Okay mate, no worries! Off to bed now thanks for all your support and help


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Okay mate, no worries! Off to bed now thanks for all your support and help


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No worries :yy:
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Is there a way to add personal evidence to the appeal?
I got an A in my history prelim but in my final exam I have a B. But for the whole exam period I was pretty ill so is there a place for that to be written on the appeal and would it strengthen my appeal?
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Hi,
Would you be able to tell me if you have to contact the school if you want an appeal to go through or does it go through automatically.

I have tried phoning the school but it is only the janitor that is in.
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Is there a way to add personal evidence to the appeal?
I got an A in my history prelim but in my final exam I have a B. But for the whole exam period I was pretty ill so is there a place for that to be written on the appeal and would it strengthen my appeal?
I'm afraid not. :no: The SQA don't take personal circumstances (like illness) into account when sorting out appeals. They have to rely on more objective evidence (like appeals and mock exams) - taking into account personal circumstances just introduces too much subjectivity and makes the system unfair. I'm sorry.

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Hi,
Would you be able to tell me if you have to contact the school if you want an appeal to go through or does it go through automatically.

I have tried phoning the school but it is only the janitor that is in.
Normally, schools wait to get confirmation from the candidate (i.e. yo bro, do you want an appeal?) before they send anything away. Appeals cost the school money, so appealing for a candidate who doesn't want one is a waste of money!

What's the appeal for?
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I'm afraid not. :no: The SQA don't take personal circumstances (like illness) into account when sorting out appeals. They have to rely on more objective evidence (like appeals and mock exams) - taking into account personal circumstances just introduces too much subjectivity and makes the system unfair. I'm sorry.



Normally, schools wait to get confirmation from the candidate (i.e. yo bro, do you want an appeal?) before they send anything away. Appeals cost the school money, so appealing for a candidate who doesn't want one is a waste of money!

What's the appeal for?
Thanks for you reply. I have emailed my guidance teacher and will phone my school again as the teachers return to school on Monday.
I got a B in my Higher English final exam but for my prelim I got an A.
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Thanks for you reply. I have emailed my guidance teacher and will phone my school again as the teachers return to school on Monday.
I got a B in my Higher English final exam but for my prelim I got an A.
Ahh, sucks bro! Well, as long you only need it before application time, there's no rush. Most people at my school didn't bother sorting out appeals until they went back to school in August! The 21st is the deadline the SQA wants them by.

AAAAB is still great grades, you can definitely get in to medicine with those. A lot of my yearmates and pals at other unis have got those, and in fact, most of them get more offers than I did with 5 A's! Don't beat yourself up about it.
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Ahh, sucks bro! Well, as long you only need it before application time, there's no rush. Most people at my school didn't bother sorting out appeals until they went back to school in August! I think the 29th is the deadline the SQA wants them by.

AAAAB is still great grades, you can definitely get in to medicine with those. A lot of my yearmates and pals at other unis have got those, and in fact, most of them get more offers than I did with 5 A's! Don't beat yourself up about it.
Going back into 6th year so yep no rush! But I just wanted to double check with my school as they tend to leave these things to the last minute.
The deadline is 21 August.
Thanks for your help
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Going back into 6th year so yep no rush! But I just wanted to double check with my school as they tend to leave these things to the last minute.
The deadline is 21 August.
Thanks for your help
Yep, just checked the SQA website. It's the 21st! Thanks for that. Will edit my post for future clarity.

Definitely worth getting in touch with the school early then, I didn't realise the deadline was quite so close to going back!
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Yep, just checked the SQA website. It's the 21st! Thanks for that. Will edit my post for future clarity.

Definitely worth getting in touch with the school early then, I didn't realise the deadline was quite so close to going back!
No problem! Yep will be contacting the school on Monday. Hope it goes through.


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A Word About Appeals
As far as appeals go, you need to speak to your school asap. They will appeal on your behalf, but they will only do it if they think you have a realistic chance of success. Any appeal must be based on evidence that you're capable of achieving the mark you think you should ahve had. This will usually mean you'll have to have done well int he prelim - but even that is not a guarantee of success. Not all prelims are created equal, so if you got an A in a prelim that seems perhaps less rigorous that it might have been than your appeal may not stand up. The key is that we have to be fair to those who have achieved the standard, so your school really does have to be able to put together a compelling case on your behalf.
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Yep, just checked the SQA website. It's the 21st! Thanks for that. Will edit my post for future clarity.

Definitely worth getting in touch with the school early then, I didn't realise the deadline was quite so close to going back!
You would have thought you would have read the FAQ to find that out
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Got 93% in my Admin Prelim and passed all my NAB's very comfortably. Got a B in the final exam (already have an unconditional so not too bothered, but it's a pride thing) so what are my odds of gaining an A on appeal?
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You would have thought you would have read the FAQ to find that out
Yes, yes. But I was writing the post from memory and got it mixed up with another date.
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Got 93% in my Admin Prelim and passed all my NAB's very comfortably. Got a B in the final exam (already have an unconditional so not too bothered, but it's a pride thing) so what are my odds of gaining an A on appeal?
Appeal and find out is all we can say.

I got an A in my prelim but a B in my exam: will I be successful in my appeal?
This question (and its variations) is the most common question on TSR when it comes to appeals. Simply, nobody on this forum can answer that question I'm afraid. It all depends on the evidence sent to the SQA by your school or college. They will take into consideration your prelim mark, the level the prelim was set at, the marking instructions for the prelim, what the grade boundaries for the prelim were and a number of different factors. Only the subject specialists working for the SQA are able to answer that question. If you are eligible for an appeal, then go ahead and submit one as you have nothing to lose but unfortunately nobody here can tell you what the outcome of the appeal will be.
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