Around 138,000 Scottish pupils discovered the results of their national, secondary and tertiary level courses today after a year without exams.
This year’s results are based on their teachers’ estimates after exams across the UK were canceled, with schools shutting down when the country was locked down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The results showed that the National 5 pass rate was 81.1%, the top pass rate was 78.9%, and the top advanced pass rate was 84.9%.
In 2019, the national 5 pass rate was 78.2%, the top pass rate was 74.8%, and the top advanced pass rate was 79.4%.
Three out of four grade estimates have not been adjusted by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA).
About 133,000 entries were adjusted from the original estimate, about a quarter of all entries, and 6.9% of them were adjusted up and 93.1% were adjusted down, with 96% of all adjusted notes changed by one note.
Scottish Highers are equivalent to A-Levels. Pupils should also have taken exams in National 5 (N5) subjects this year, the Scottish equivalent of GCSE.
Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive their grades for A-levels on August 13 and GCSEs on August 20.
Young people across Scotland started to experience their performances from 8 a.m.
This comes after several months of home schooling thanks to the lockdown.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent a message of support to those eagerly awaiting their results.
She tweeted Monday night: ‘I think of all the young people across Scotland who are waiting for the results tomorrow.
“The last few months have been so difficult for you, so whatever tomorrow brings you, well done! And remember, there are always options available to you. Good luck to everyone. ”
Speaking after the results were released, Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney paid tribute to students, teachers and the SQA, which he said has worked hard “in the face of incredibly difficult months.”
“Today we can celebrate the achievements of all learners,” he said. “The young people have received awards that recognize their hard work and allow them to take the next step in their lives. ”
A total of 28,970 students from Scotland have been accepted to university or college through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS), an increase of 220 on exam result day last year .
UCAS said that among those accepted, 28,240 would study in Scotland – an increase from 27,880 in 2019.
Students who do not get the grades they want have a number of options including appealing decisions and compensation, which is how universities and colleges fill the places they still have. .
Skills Development Scotland offers a free results helpline offering advice, information and career advice on 0808 100 8000 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
More information can also be found on the myworldofwork.co.uk website.
Last week Ms Sturgeon confirmed Scottish schools will reopen from August 11.
She said some schools may opt for a phased return, but all students are expected to return to class full-time by Aug. 18.