Young people across the country have received their exam results today, with the results showing a mixed picture.

At Higher level, the attainment rate fell by 2 percentage points to 74.8%, with maths and English highers both seeing a drop. 

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The pass rate for Advanced highers also decreased by 1.1 per cent. 

However, National 5 examinations saw a slight increase in attainment, with the pass rate jumping from 77.4% in 2018 to 78.2% this year.

After months of hard work and an anxious wait over the summer, pupils across Scotland discovered their grades at 8am this morning, either online, via text or through the post.

Fiona Robertson, chief executive of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, said: "First and foremost I would like to congratulate each and every candidate who received results today.

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“Qualifications play an important role in allowing young people to pursue their ambitions, whether that be continued education and training, or entering into employment. 

"At the SQA we're encouraged by learners achieving awards through a wide variety of routes. 

"We are proud to offer a broad range of qualifications which ensures educational attainment is as accessible as possible, and provides learners with the right skills and knowledge to meet the requirements of employers, training providers and educators.

"Finally I would like to sincerely thank all our staff and our appointees who work all year to ensure the smooth and succcessful delivery of SQA courses, culminating in results day."