It is the former of the two that issued the school-level examinations, then called Standard Grade, Higher Grade and Certificate of Sixth Year Studies (CSYS).
A legacy of its two precursor bodies, the Authority's offices remain split over two sites, one in Glasgow and one in Dalkeith.
Standard Grade pass rates recorded the proportion of entrants who achieved Foundation level or above – the lowest of the 3 levels covered by Standard Grade.
As such, Standard Grade pass rates were typically close to 100%.
SQA is best known for the delivery of the annual diet of public examinations within Scotland for school pupils.
SQA Higher examinations are the general acceptable level for entry to university, with Scottish universities usually requesting a minimum of 3 Highers, all above C level.However, a greater number of candidates of all ages participates in SQA specialist, vocational and higher education qualifications.SQA is accredited by the UK government to offer educational qualifications.The Intermediate 2 overall pass rate was 81.8% in 2013.It is possible to make some broad comparisons between total numbers attaining different qualifications, while recognising that the make–up of the groups entered will differ between qualifications and between years.There were also 15,823 passes at Intermediate 2 English.Those who do not pass National 5 may nevertheless gain a National 4, if they have passed all the N5 required Course Units plus an ‘Added Value Unit’ at National 4.The SQA's functions and responsibilities are laid out in the Education (Scotland) Act 1996 as amended by the Scottish Qualifications Authority Act 2002.Until their merger, the two major Scottish examination authorities were the SEB (Scottish Examination Board) and the Scottish Vocational Education Council (SCOTVEC).In line with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence, these new qualifications are designed to better test skills and understanding as well as knowledge and facts.The first learners to have taken the new National Qualifications are receiving their results tomorrow (5 August).