Functional Skills Initial Assessment

There is no nationally developed initial assessment tool designed specifically for functional skills. However, this information on the Excellence Gateway website provides pointers to enable you to develop your own assessment tool.

"It is possible to use existing nationally developed and commercially developed adult literacy and numeracy initial assessment tools to assess basic English and maths skills. These meet at least part of the need for a test-based assessment of skills by indicating broad learner strengths and gaps in underpinning knowledge and skills. They are, however, insufficient on their own, as they do not assess functionality.

This test-based approach could therefore be supplemented by setting brief integrated tasks where learners are required to apply English, mathematics and ICT skills to solving a problem. These could be individual or group tasks. These task-based or practical assessments should be relevant to the learner’s proposed programme of study. It is likely that providers will be able to develop appropriate initial assessment tasks based on their own knowledge of the requirements of particular programmes of learning..."

To read more and to view some example functional tasks available visit the Excellence Gateway website. 

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