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International Centres - Guide to SOLAR

How do I?

The sections below explain what SOLAR is, how to get access and where to get support.

 

 

 

What is SOLAR?

SOLAR is SQA's online eassessment system. SOLAR allows approved centes to register candidates to complete tests for their specified subject.

Before candidates are registered on SOLAR, they must be registered with SQAConnect. You must also submit results from SOLAR to SQAConnect for candidates to get their certificates.

SOLAR is free to use by SQA approved centres for approved subjects.

*For the purposes of SOLAR all assessments are called tests.

What subjects are available?

To see what subjects and assessments are available to your centre please view our List of Available Assesments. The 'International' tab includes the available assessments for SQA Advanced Certificates and Diplomas. The list provides details of assessment timings, delivery methods, the marks or percentage rates required to pass each assessment and other relevant information.

Your centre can only be given access to subjects that your centre is approved to deliver. We do not automatically give access to new subjects so you would request these using our online form. Additional Subject Request.

How do I get started?

Approved centres can request access to SOLAR. You should check if your centre is already on SOLAR by using the Centres Tab. If your centre us already registered on SOLAR contact us at solar@sqa.org.uk and we can send you details of users who can create an account for you. If your centre is new to SOLAR you can use this short form to request access, System Access Request.

All users who request access to the system must watch the training videos in our Guidance Section These videos will help you understand basic functions of the system and how it works.

The system requires the use of Flash Player and allowing pops ups through your browser for the SOLAR website. Adobe Reader is also required to be installed to use to see reporting information . A minimum specification for devices to use the system is listed here.

There is also a full site map of the SOLAR website to show you what each section of the site contains. You can find this if you click here.

How do I schedule assessments for my candidates?

Once you have received your account login you would use the SOLAR website www.sqasolar.org.uk to login and schedule your candidate(s).

Using the training videos from the Guidance Section you will understand how to add candidates into the system, schedule assessments and how to use the access codes (Keycode) to start the assessments. 

You will need to add candidates to SOLAR to be able to schedule them for an assessment. When this is complete the system will create access codes (Keycodes) for each candidate. This keycode is used only once by the candidate to complete their assessment.

If a candidate does not pass the assessment and needs to sit the assessment again, they should be given time for feedback and revision. Use the same steps as before to schedule an assessment to create a new keycode. Please read SQA's Guide to Assessment for information.

Centres must always use SOLAR's content under full assessment conditions.

Can I see what an assessment looks like?

Formative content is available for subjects through the OpenAssess Menu on the Homepage of the SOLAR website. These are practice questions for some SOLAR subjects which can be accessed without any Keycodes. Please note they are not full tests.

Once your centre has an account you can create a fictional candidate for you to practice setting up an assessment and running this in the system. (The best way to create a fictional candidate is not to enter a 'Candidate Reference'.) You can do this a maximum of six times for each test and then this candidate becomes invalid.

What do I do if I have a problem?

The search box at the top of the site can be used to look up problems that you have. Alternatively, you can email solar@sqa.org.uk and you will receive an automated list of help and guidance for general queries. The Contact Us section on the SOLAR website has a form called SOLAR Helpdesk Support which you can use to contact us with a problem or if this is urgent you can call us on 44 141 500 5060 and we will respond during office hours. These are 9 am to 5 pm British Standard Time.

Full details of the available dates of the helpdesk are listed on the Homepage News. The homepage of the SOLAR website will also show our news about new, or revisions to current tests

 




 




 


 


 


 



 





 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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Type Assessment Title Unit Title Unit No Additional Information Outcomes/topics covered Delivery Models Assessment duration (mins) Pass Mark Date Available Link
Formative Information and Communication Technology SCQF4 Information and Communication Technology F3GC 10 For revision and practice  All Browser  Untimed  N/A  NOW  OpenAssess
Formative Information and Communication Technology SCQF5 Information and Communication Technology F3GC 11 For revision and practice  All Browser  Untimed  N/A  NOW  OpenAssess
Formative Numeracy Numeracy F3GF 10 For revision and practice  1 & 2 Browser  Untimed  N/A  NOW  OpenAssess
Formative Working With Others Working With Others F3GE 11 For revision and practice  1 & 2 Browser  Untimed  N/A  NOW  OpenAssess
Formative Problem Solving Problem Solving F3GD 10 For revision and practice  1, 2 & 3 Browser  Untimed  N/A  NOW  OpenAssess
Formative Communication: Exercise A Communication N/A This assessment provides support for Communication Core Skills  N/A Browser  Untimed  N/A  NOW  OpenAssess
Formative Communication: Exercise B Communication N/A This assessment provides support for Communication Core Skills  N/A Browser  Untimed  N/A  NOW  OpenAssess
Formative Communication: Exercise C Communication N/A This assessment provides support for Communication Core Skills  N/A Browser  Untimed  N/A  NOW  OpenAssess
Formative Numeracy: Exercise A Numeracy N/A This assessment provides support for  Numeracy Core Skills  N/A Browser  Untimed  N/A  NOW  OpenAssess
Formative Numeracy: Exercise B Numeracy N/A This assessment provides support for  Numeracy Core Skills  N/A Browser  Untimed  N/A  NOW  OpenAssess

 


Type Assessment Title Unit Title Unit No Additional Information Outcomes/topics covered Delivery Models Assessment duration (mins) Pass Mark Date Available Link
Summative Data Security: SCQF 4 Data Security: SCQF 4 H9E2 44 N/A 1,2 Browser/SecureClient/ Tablet Untimed 60% NOW SecureAssess
Summative Digital Forensics: SCQF 4 Digital Forensics: SCQF 4 H9J0 44 N/A 1,2 Browser/SecureClient/ Tablet Untimed 60% NOW SecureAssess
Summative Ethical Hacking: SCQF 4 Ethical Hacking: SCQF 4 H9HY 44 N/A 1,2 Browser/SecureClient/ Tablet Untimed 60% NOW SecureAssess

 


Type Assessment Title Unit Title Unit No Additional Information Outcomes/topics covered Delivery Models Assessment duration (mins) Pass Mark Date Available Link
Summative Data Security: SCQF 5 Data Security: SCQF 5 H9E2 45 N/A 1,2,3 Browser/SecureClient/ Tablet Untimed 60% NOW SecureAssess
Summative Digital Forensics: SCQF 5 Digital Forensics: SCQF 5 H9J0 45 N/A 1,2,3 Browser/SecureClient/ Tablet Untimed 60% NOW SecureAssess
Summative Ethical Hacking: SCQF 5 Ethical Hacking: SCQF 5 H9HY 45 N/A 1,2 Browser/SecureClient/ Tablet Untimed 60% NOW SecureAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  1 - Digital Forensic Process Digital Forensics H9J0 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  2 -  Acts Digital Forensics H9J0 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  3 - Seizure Digital Forensics H9J0 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess

Formative

Digital Forensics: Formative  4 - Acquisition Digital Forensics H9J0 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  5 - Analysis and Reporting Digital Forensics H9J0 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  6 - Disclosure Digital Forensics H9J0 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  7 - Data Acquisition Digital Forensics H9J0 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  8 - Examining Digital Evidence Digital Forensics H9J0 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative  Digital Forensics: Formative  9 - Data Storage Digital Forensics H9J0 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  10 - Analysing Digital Evidence Digital Forensics H9J0 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Ethical Hacking: Formative 1 - Legislation Ethical Hacking H9HY 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Ethical Hacking: Formative 2 - Cyber Threats Ethical Hacking H9HY 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Ethical Hacking: Formative 3 - Penetration Testing Ethical Hacking H9HY 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 1 - Data Storage Data Security H9E2 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative  Data Security: Formative 3 - Laws Data Security H9E2 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 4 - Companies and Sectors Data Security H9E2 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 5 - Best Practice Data Security H9E2 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 6 - Physical, Perimeter and Internal Security Data Security H9E2 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 7 - Risks with Sharing Data Data Security H9E2 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 8 - Keeping Data Secure Data Security H9E2 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 9 - Cause and Effect of Breaches Data Security H9E2 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 10 - Strategies to Protect Data Data Security H9E2 45 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess

 


Type Assessment Title Unit Title Unit No Additional Information Outcomes/topics covered Delivery Models Assessment duration (mins) Pass Mark Date Available Link
Summative Data Security: SCQF 6 Data Security: SCQF 6 H9E2 46 N/A 1,2,3 Browser/SecureClient/ Tablet Untimed 60% NOW SecureAssess
Summative Digital Forensics: SCQF 6 Digital Forensics: SCQF 6 H9J0 46 N/A 1,2,3 Browser/SecureClient/ Tablet Untimed 60% NOW SecureAssess
Summative Ethical Hacking: SCQF 6 Ethical Hacking: SCQF 6 H9HY 46 N/A 1,2 Browser/SecureClient/ Tablet Untimed 60% NOW SecureAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  1 - Digital Forensic Process Digital Forensics H9J0 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  2 -  Acts Digital Forensics H9J0 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  3 - Seizure Digital Forensics H9J0 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess

Formative

Digital Forensics: Formative  4 - Acquisition Digital Forensics H9J0 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  5 - Analysis and Reporting Digital Forensics H9J0 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  6 - Disclosure Digital Forensics H9J0 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  7 - Data Acquisition Digital Forensics H9J0 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  8 - Examining Digital Evidence Digital Forensics H9J0 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative  Digital Forensics: Formative  9 - Data Storage Digital Forensics H9J0 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Digital Forensics: Formative  10 - Analysing Digital Evidence Digital Forensics H9J0 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Ethical Hacking: Formative 1 - Legislation Ethical Hacking H9HY 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Ethical Hacking: Formative 2 - Cyber Threats Ethical Hacking H9HY 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Ethical Hacking: Formative 3 - Penetration Testing Ethical Hacking H9HY 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 1 - Data Storage Data Security H9E2 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative  Data Security: Formative 3 - Laws Data Security H9E2 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 4 - Companies and Sectors Data Security H9E2 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 5 - Best Practice Data Security H9E2 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 6 - Physical, Perimeter and Internal Security Data Security H9E2 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 7 - Risks with Sharing Data Data Security H9E2 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 8 - Keeping Data Secure Data Security H9E2 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 9 - Cause and Effect of Breaches Data Security H9E2 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess
Formative Data Security: Formative 10 - Strategies to Protect Data Data Security H9E2 46 These have been written generically across levels 5 & 6 in line with learner materials which are on the SQA secure site. N/A Browser/SecureClient Untimed N/A NOW OpenAssess

 


Type Assessment Title Unit Title Unit No Additional Information Outcomes/topics covered Delivery Models Assessment duration (mins) Pass Mark Date Available Link
Summative Cyber Security Fundamentals Cyber Security Fundamentals H9T5 44 Stand alone unit  N/A Browser/SecureClient/ Tablet  Untimed 60%  NOW  SecureAssess