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What do I have to do to get an A grade?


Course Assessment - Speaking

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.
  2. A Speaking Assessment which lasts up to six minutes and has a total of 60 marks available. You may use notes in the Speaking Assessment.


The Speaking Assessment will assess your ability to discuss general issues (e.g. which subjects you are studying this year; what you hope to do when you leave school; how you spend your weekends; what you think of the place in which you live and so on). There should also be an opportunity to discuss issues studied in the Literature and Individual Study Unit.

Your Speaking assessment will take the form of a conversation. The other person will be someone from your own Centre, most likely your teacher.

(Although your own Centre will be assessing you, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) may verify your marks to ensure that standards are consistent across Scotland. This is what SQA mean when they say Speaking is internally assessed and externally verified.)


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