National Five Assessments 2021

National 5 Assessments 2021

What's going on?

Now we all know for certain that there will not be formal National 5 exams in 2021.  Some pupils see this as great news because the thought of sitting in a big exam hall with all the other students created a stress in itself while others feel disappointed that they won't be able to reap the benefit of using their ability to work under pressure.


Either way, we are all entering uncharted waters and it's up to each of us to make the most of the situation.

Although it may seem that the absence of a final exam will reduce the pressure of the Nat 5s, for some students the arrangements this year are just as stressful.  This is because the feeling that every piece of work counts towards the final grade means that the high stress level is maintained throughout the year, rather than just at the exam time.

How will my child be assessed?

Depending on the requirements of each subject, schools are planning to use a combination of three methods to determine each student's grade:

  • Coursework such as extended essays and projects.
  • Regular class tests.
  • More formal 'prelim' type tests.

How can I help my child?

As with most things in life, good preparation is the key to success.

For example, in writing an extended essay make sure your child takes the time to read and thoroughly understand the question, plan their essay in the required format organise their notes into the plan and finally follow the plan to write it up.

Prepare for tests by being crystal clear on the topics that are covered in the test, revise effectively and practise past paper questions on those topics.

How to handle the pressure?

Just as you don't need to get 100% in every question in an exam to get a great grade, you don't need every piece of coursework or test to be perfect this year.  You are still learning the course and your scores will gradually improve over the year as you build your understanding of the material and become more experienced at handling National 5 questions.  Don't worry!!