Exam results 2015: Can you pass the SQA Higher Maths exam which Scottish high school students found 'too difficult'?

The SQA had to admit the assessment was 'more demanding than intended' after a national outcry this year

Aftab Ali
Thursday 06 August 2015 02:38

If a frog and a toad fall into a well, how long will it take each of them to crawl back out?

And if a crocodile is stalking a zebra located 20 metres upstream, how long will it take the predator to reach its prey through the water?

These were just two of the questions which featured in this year’s Higher Maths exam which prompted the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) to admit the new assessment format was indeed too difficult.

Student, teachers, and parents took to social media to vent their fury, an online petition was launched for the Scottish Government to intervene on the matter of the ‘flawed exam’, and Scottish Labour has since pressed the SNP government to make sure a repeat of May’s incident doesn’t happen again.

The SQA confirmed it had to lower the pass mark for the exam, from 45 per cent last year to 34 per cent this year. So, can you solve the riddles many Scottish pupils could not?

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in