A review of the current situation on tools for assessing ICT Skill for Life
The current ICT Skill for Life Pathfinder project aims to develop and pilot approaches to delivering the ICT Skill for Life curriculum in a wide variety of settings, provide the opportunity to pilot the ICT Entry Level qualifications and work to trial anticipated interactive approaches to assessment for ICT at levels 1 and 2.
In the interim, if you’re looking to carry out initial assessment of ICT Skill for Life, you may find it helpful to refer to the following:
- Action research carried out by NIACE on the delivery of ICT Skills for Life involved providing organisations with the Basic and Key Skills Builder (BKSB) and E skills passport assessment tools. BKSB is referenced to the 2004 draft standards. For more information visit the BKSB website. The e-skills Passport is the new employer-recognised method to create an ongoing record of your IT skills that you can update, monitor, print and e-mail time and time again.
- Since the tests for ICT SfL at levels 1 and 2 are the same as Key Skills at L1 and L2, you could use a Key Skills initial assessment tool for these levels. A section on the Key Skills Support website compares different assessment tools for Key Skills, including ICT. Practice tests for ICT level 1 and 2 are available on the Key Skills website for learners. Practice assignments for entry level qualifications are provided by most awarding bodies, including OCR, City and Guilds, NOCN, Edexcel and OCNW.
Further information on the ICT Skill for Life Pathfinder project can be found on the Success for All website.