Record-level exam results for Scotland

Pupils are celebrating their exam results with record performances across Scotland.

Overall pass rates increased for Highers, Advanced Highers and Standard Grades, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) said.

This year sees the final results for Standard Grades which are being replaced.

Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance congratulated the 151,000 candidates being sent their certificates in the post.

"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."

– Angela Constance, Youth Employment Minister
  • The pass rate for Advanced Highers increased by two points to 82.1%
  • The pass rate for Highers increased by 0.5 points to 77.4%
  • Intermediate levels one and two increased to 77.8% and 81.8% respectively

The total number of candidates was 150,986, down from 158,908 last year.

Almost 37,000 opted to receive their results by text message or email by 9am.

More people sat Higher English and maths, and there was a "significant increase" in revised sciences, the SQA said.

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Record Scottish exam results

Pupils are celebrating their exam results with record performances across Scotland.