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Prior Verification for Higher National qualifications


SQA offers a prior verification service for centres that devise their own instruments of assessment or who wish to significantly change the HN assessment exemplars that are published on the secure area of our website.

The service is offered free of charge and ensures that assessments are fit for purpose. The process usually takes about six weeks but could take longer if an issue is identified, as you may be required to amend your assessment materials.

We encourage centres to make assessment tools as relevant as possible to suit to their needs and to enable candidates to demonstrate their skills/knowledge. Centres are strongly encouraged to seek prior verification of locally devised instruments of assessment and associated marking schemes.

Requests for prior verification must be submitted through your SQA Co-ordinator, using the Prior Verification Request form (China).