Scripture Examinations were widely used to encourage biblical knowledge and understanding.
Officially optional, Scripture Exams were graded at a variety of levels, not just for children but also for adults and those preparing for church membership.
Local Sunday School Unions and increasingly national and denominational bodies devised the curriculum and set the exams.
Those who showed aptitude and were keen, were encouraged to help lead Sunday School classes, for which training was also given.
Hard won certificates were often kept and treasured as these examples show.