Lower Pass Mark for National 5 SQA Exam

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This morning (4/5/18) thousands of Scottish pupils sat their end of year National 5 maths final examination. The level of difficulty was much higher than anything that we have ever seen before compared to the past exam papers. Many of the questions in both exam papers were designed and written in a way that completely threw off the pupils putting even more pressure on them than required.

I personally witnessed my classmates in distress and tears after the examination as they felt that their hard work had all gone to waste. Myself and many more pupils strongly believe that the pass mark should be lowered in order to give all the pupils a fair and good chance of achieving the grade they deserve after putting in hard work for two years.

This year the examination has changed meaning the examination was out of 110 marks rather than 90 marks like in the previous years, meaning that pupils would have to get 60/110 to just pass the exam.

For many pupils, this was their second or third resit at the National 5 Maths exam and they still struggled with this immensely difficult paper despite how long they have been working on the course.

The young people of Scotland are the future of this country and we are able to make a positive change in the future and lowering the grade boundaries for the National 5 Maths examination will help achieve this. 

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