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Practice National Adult Literacy and Numeracy Tests

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An overview of the practice National Adult Literacy and Numeracy Tests, the ReadWritePlus resources and the Move On website.

Practice National Adult Literacy and Numeracy Tests

The practice National Adult Literacy and Numeracy Tests were used to help learners to prepare for the National Tests in Adult Literacy and/or Numeracy, and for the tests for Key Skills Communication and Key Skills Application of Number. The National Adult Literacy and Numeracy tests are no longer available as they do not reflect the requirements of the new curriculum for maths and English.

DfES Readwriteplus resources

These resources were developed over the period 2001 to 2010, to support the national Skills for Life Strategy and other Skills for Life developments. They are now available on the Excellence Gateway.

  • Information on the readwriteplus website can be accessed fromĀ here
  • PDF versions of the test papers are available here
  • You may also like to browse the readwriteplus learning materials

Move On

This website was set up to support the national Move On Up Programme, which aimed to help adults brush up their basic skills and take the national tests. Eleven practice tests were developed as part of the National Test Toolkit. These were previously made available via the Move On website. You can view a PDF version of the Move On pack here


ItemBank, which is no longer available, was a DfES supported website that allowed learners to create their own tests based on a very large bank of questions covering Literacy/Communication, Numeracy/Application of Number and ICT at levels 1 and 2.

Levels: Pre-entry, Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1, Level 2
Free: Yes
Download, Guide, Online

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