Scottish school exams

Learn about the history of Scottish school exams, and look back at old school tests, if you dare. Or take inspiration from some creative responses to these historic exam papers.

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Scottish education and schools material at the National Library of Scotland.

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Historical context

Watch and read how Scottish education developed between 1864 to 1963.


We asked some artists, musicians, dancers, and writers to 're-sit' some of the old exam papers creatively. Prepare to be amazed at the results.