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Prepare for Prelims

Prepare for Prelims

by Emma Davie -
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Remote Assessment (Prelims)

Prelims are modelled on SQA exam papers so they provide the perfect opportunity to practise your skills. However, they also can also provide insurance in case of something going wrong on the day of your SQA exam, so we must ensure these sittings are controlled and supervised.

The Prelims will therefore be attempted using Remote Assessment. This means you can sit the papers in your own home but you will be supervised via a Zoom call.

Advance Preparation

As this is an assessment, you should choose a room that is quiet and has good lighting. Prelims are scheduled for evenings so lighting is important. Make sure your workspace is clear of any clutter – especially books and other potential sources of information.

Make sure all devices are fully charged and internet enabled. Turn off phone or ipad notifications so you will not be disturbed during the sitting.

How it Works

You will need two internet-enabled devices to sit the Prelim: one for connecting to the Zoom meeting, and another for accessing the test papers on the VLE (course page).

Step 1

You'll receive an invitation and link to a Zoom Meeting the day before the assessment. This is to allow us to monitor you as you sit the papers. The meeting will open 30 minutes before the papers are released to set up rooms and brief invigilators. You should join this meeting 15 minutes before the start of your exam as you will need a little time to get organised and settled.

Step 2

You will be assigned to a ‘breakout room’ with an invigilator who will ask you to authenticate your identity. Please ensure you have photo id ready for this purpose. They will then ask you to do a 'room sweep' with the device you connect to the Zoom meeting on (a phone, tablet, ipad etc.) so they can check there are no resources to help you. You will then be asked to position the device so that they can see your head, hands, workspace and screen while you work.

Step 3

You should then use your second device (laptop, PC etc.) to log into the VLE where you can access the papers. These will be released at the start of the time and removed at the end. You must not print or save these papers as they are controlled documents.

Step 4

You will work through each paper either typing or handwriting your answers for the duration of the assessment time. Please note: Unless you have an alternative arrangement in place which specifies use of ICT, you will handwrite your SQA exams.

Step 5

At the end of the permitted time for each paper, you must email your answers to your course tutor for marking. If you have handwritten your answers, you should scan each page (the 'notes' app on iPhone has a scan option) or take clear pictures.

Step 6

Prior to leaving the Zoom meeting, the invigilator will ask to watch you delete any assessment papers and empty your recycle bin. It is essential you do this as the Prelim papers are controlled documents and must not be retained.


Practice Sessions

As this method of assessment is relatively new (we are the only centre using it) you may find it helpful to have a run through before the Prelim. The following practice sessions will take place over three days in the morning, afternoon and early evening. You may attend any one of these sessions.


Topic: Remote Assessment Practice 1

Time: Mar 9, 2022 10:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 879 4417 8747

Passcode: 904020


Topic: Remote Assessment Practice 2

Time: Mar 9, 2022 02:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 3799 1710

Passcode: 758732


Topic: Remote Assessment Practice 3

Time: Mar 9, 2022 06:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 872 5973 6134

Passcode: 990659


Topic: Remote Assessment Practice 4

Time: Mar 14, 2022 10:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 891 0244 1689

Passcode: 098502


Topic: Remote Assessment Practice 5

Time: Mar 14, 2022 02:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 878 3124 0399

Passcode: 884285


Topic: Remote Assessment Practice 6

Time: Mar 14, 2022 06:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 898 0119 9653

Passcode: 350464


Topic: Remote Assessment Practice 7

Time: Mar 22, 2022 10:00 AM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 891 1178 8613

Passcode: 118497


Topic: Remote Assessment Practice 8

Time: Mar 22, 2022 02:00 PM London

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Meeting ID: 899 0350 6682

Passcode: 095853


Topic: Remote Assessment Practice 9

Time: Mar 22, 2022 06:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 810 8654 8682

Passcode: 783966