Exam results show strong pass rate

The 2013 exam results have again proven Scotland’s school pupils to be high achievers.

Following today’s publication, Minister for Youth Employment Angela Constance has congratulated the 151,000 candidates who sat exams this year, as well as emphasising that there is help available for those who hadn’t achieved what they’d hoped.

Key results show:

Overall pass rate for Advanced Highers increased by two percentage points to 82.1 per cent

Overall pass rate for Highers increased by 0.5 percentage points to 77.4 per cent

Overall pass rates for Intermediate levels one and two increased to 77.8 and 81.8 per cent respectively

Overall pass rate for Standard Grades increased by 0.1 percentage points to 98.9 per cent

Overall pass rates for Access levels two and three increased to 71 and 93.6 per cent respectively.

Ms Constance said: “The wait for tens of thousands of Scotland’s pupils and their families is finally over, and I am delighted that so many have come out with strong grades, leaving them well positioned for whatever they choose to do next. The exam pass rates are building on a solid record of achievement, meaning that today is a time for celebration. Record pass rates in a set of rigorously assessed exams confirm Scotland’s strong record in attainment and I wish the class of 2013 the very best of luck in their next steps, be it another year in school, or moving on to college, university, training or employment.

“For those young people out there who haven’t got what they had hoped for, did even better, or who are simply unsure what to do next, there is help available. The Skills Development Scotland exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000 offers dedicated advice on potential next steps. We have guaranteed every 16 to 19 year old the offer of a place in education or training, and I am working hard to ensure as many employers as possible are making young people their business in the ongoing difficult economic climate.

“Standard Grades have served our young people well for their academic and working lives since the 1980s. However, the introduction of National 4 and 5 courses next year are a fundamental part of Curriculum for Excellence, meaning that young Scots will be better prepared than ever to succeed in learning, life and work.”