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The assessment of National 5 pupils is split into 2 sections: an assignment and an external exam at the end of the year.



External Exam

The National 5 chemistry exam will be held on 18 May 2016.

This exam is held in May each year and will assess pupils' knowledge and understanding as well as problem solving skills over all three units covered in the course.

The question paper will have 80 marks and will account for 80% of a pupil's final grade. The question paper will have two sections:

  • Multiple choice questions - 20 marks
  • Written questions and extended response questions - 60 marks

Pupils can access past papers on the SQA website. Pupils will also be given a data booklet in the exam which can also be viewed on the SQA website.