I have spent a chunk of the last six months working with the Scottish Qualifications Authority, best-known for coordinating school exams in Scotland, on its papers for classical studies. It has been both a privilege to do so and a great deal of fun. What has also become clear is how challenging these exams are. While a broader debate can rage on about dumbing down in other subjects, not so in classics. The thought that 16/17-year olds might have to consider epigraphic or archaeological evidence was unheard of when I was in the front line. Anyway, for those who are interested, the Higher Classical Studies page can be seen here and the most recent exemplar paper is here.