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We already work with schools, FE colleges, training providers and other education centres, in the delivery of high-quality Functional Skills qualifications.
Initial assessment is an essential part of the learning process. So to help you, we now have an online Level Checker for use with our Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT qualifications that can be accessed through Interchange.
The online Level Checker can be used to determine the level of a learner’s ability before moving on to pinpointing specific skills gaps using our Diagnostic Assessment Tool.
Our free Diagnostic Assessment Tool can be used for English and Maths at all levels from Entry Level 1 through to Level 2. It provides rigorous diagnostic assessment and identifies skills gaps within each level.
The Diagnostic Assessment Tool assesses underpinning skills in both English and Maths, together with the process skills that learners need to succeed in their vocational and academic programmes.
You can access the online Level Checker and the Diagnostic Assessment Tool through Interchange.
The following resources are available to download from each of the functional skills qualification pages.
We provide a full range of support materials for all three subjects. Our Activity Banks contain a range of bite-sized resources to enhance lessons and help you to prepare candidates for assessment.
There are model answers to sample assessment materials for each subject at Levels 1 and 2.
There are practice assessment materials available for each subject at Levels 1 and 2.
With an increase in the roll-on, roll-off programmes of learning, we know how important it is to have greater flexibility when it comes to assessments.
Our Functional Skills English and Maths qualifications have the benefit of being available as on-demand on-screen assessment or as on-demand paper-based assessment. This enables us to offer assessment all year round (excluding Christmas holidays) rather than just monthly. Results turnaround has also been decreased, with confirmed results being available in as little as 15 days.
If you’re already delivering our Functional Skills qualifications, you can sign up for e-assessments. We’ll provide you with access to the software and the system to register candidates for English and Maths as soon as you have your log-in details.
If you are new to our Functional Skills qualifications, you can apply for approval. Once approved, you can sign up for e-assessments.
Try our practice tests* for on-screen Functional Skills:
*Please note: Flash player needs to be installed in your browser to take the practice tests.
** These links allow you to view the practice tests but you will not be able to use the file upload functionality. Further information on using the file upload functionality can be found in the video resources above. Alternatively, you can register to become an OCR centre and Surpass user from the approvals section below.
These practice tests are provided for familiarisation purposes only to give learners an idea of the type of questions they may face in a live test. The practice tests run anonymously in a browser window and cannot be marked or provide feedback to the learner.
Customers are already using our Functional Skills as part of their Cambridge Traineeships and Apprenticeships. Our flexible approach enables you to use Functional Skills within your own learning programmes.
We’re continually reviewing our processes and with the launch of our Functional Skills paper-based, on-demand offer confirmed results can be available in as little as 15 days.
The Curriculum Guide has been designed to assist with the delivery and assessment of our Functional Skills qualifications. It gives a useful starting point when planning for delivery, using real centre examples and guidance based on their own experiences.