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Course Assessment - Listening

The Course Assessment, which produces the marks for your final grade, has two components:

  1. A Question Paper which lasts a total of 2 hours 30 minutes and has a total of 160 marks available. The Question Paper assesses Listening, Reading, Writing and Literature. In the Question Paper you will spend around 40 minutes on each section apart from the Literature section which should take about 30 minutes. Each of the four sections is worth 40 marks.

    The Question Paper is externally assessed. This means that your answers are sent away to be marked by someone who does not know you.

  2. A Speaking Assessment which focuses on general issues in the form of a conversation with another person. It lasts up to six minutes and has a total of 60 marks available. You may use notes in the Speaking Assessment.


SQA tell us that the Listening section will assess your ability to identify main points and supporting points of detail from a spoken text. Short answer or restricted response questions will be used. This means that you will have to be able to identify the correct pieces of information to answer the questions set, and that your answers will vary from a few words to a few sentences depending on the question asked.

Sometimes candidates ask how they can revise for Listening. Listening is a skill and as a skill, it can be improved though practice. Working your way through the following sections should help you to improve your listening skills.




Litir do Luchd-ionnsachaidh

Improve your listening skills.

A new text and audio file for Roddy Maclean's "Letter to Gaelic Learners" is available each Friday afternoon.

Or, need something a little easier to start with? Read and listen to Roddy Maclean's An Litir Bheag ("the little letter"), which is updated every Monday evening and aimed at people who are at an earlier stage in their learning.

Both websites give help with grammar, vocabulary, proverbs and common sayings.

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