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Prior verification and creating assessments


Prior Verification – HN and SQA Advanced Qualifications Overview

SQA offers Prior Verification for centres who decide to develop their own unit assessment.

SQA strongly recommends that you request Prior Verification before using a centre devised assessment with candidates. The service ensures assessments are fit for purpose and takes about six weeks but could take longer if an issue is identified.

Centres should make assessment tools as relevant as possible to suit local needs and to enable candidates to demonstrate their skills/knowledge. Centres are encouraged to seek prior verification of locally devised instruments of assessment and their associated marking schemes. SQA’s Guide to Assessment available on the SQA website. 

Changes to HN and Advanced Qualifications – Prior Verification  - China

We are making some changes to the Prior Verification Service offered to centres who devise their own assessments.  These changes will ensure that we have sufficient resource available to continue offering this service throughout the year.

  • A Charge for prior verification services will be introduced on 1 September 2019. 
  • During the period of 1 February – 31 May all submissions will be chargeable unless the request is as a result of a quality assurance action and the event ID is noted within the prior verification request form.  In this instance, the first submission will be free but any further submissions will be chargeable.
  • Outwith this period first submissions will be free with any further submissions being chargeable.
  • The charge for each submission will be £250. 
  • Requests for prior verification should be submitted through your SQA Co-ordinator, using the HN and Advanced Qualifications Prior Request and Evaluation form

We hope that most centres can utilise this service during the non-chargeable period.  We are keen to encourage centres to develop valid and suitable instruments of assessment and to do so as early as possible in the session.

Further information and guidance on prior verification is available in SQA’s Guide to Assessment available on the SQA website or through development visits to your centre. 

Should you have any questions regarding the changes to the Prior Verification Service please review the Q&As or contact qav@sqa.org.uk or telephone  0345 213 5928.

Training for creating assessments for prior verification

This course develops the knowledge and skills needed to produce summative assessments, which meet SQA standards, and provides a process description.