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Diagnostic tools for English and maths

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by hot2trot, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. hot2trot

    hot2trot New commenter

    Does anyone have any experience of any diagnostic tools for English and maths? I am familiar with BKSB but we don't have this at my college as we are a very small centre and the costs are quite prohibitive. We teach functional skills but wanted to move to another exam board but they have told us that we have to have some form of diagnostic tool to assess our learners. Any suggestions?
  2. elder_cat

    elder_cat Established commenter

    Hi @hot2trot

    Haven't used any of these myself, but you could take a look and see if any fit the bill ?



    Initial assessment for our 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.

    Pearson Edexcel


    Initial Assessment Tool (IAT)

    Our free Initial Assessment Tool (IAT) can help teachers and tutors decide which level of Functional Skills English and maths a learner should study.

    The Initial Assessment Tool for Edexcel Functional Skills in English and mathematics has been developed to help screen a learner’s existing skills, giving an indication of their ability in these areas from Entry Level 1 up to Level 2.

    Learners sit an assessment of 20 questions, taking a maximum of one hour. On completion, both teacher and learner will have a broad idea of what level will be an achievable challenge during their course of study. The IAT can also be used as part of Information Advice and Guidance practice.

    We’ve improved the Initial Assessment Tool to make it more adaptive to your learners' abilities and alter the types of questions it asks according to learners' answers in the first half of the assessment.

    It complements other initial assessment instruments that might be available to you but that are not specifically designed to assess Edexcel Functional Skills.

    Please note: This is not a full diagnostic tool and is not intended to replace any commercially produced product. The Edexcel Functional Skills IAT will give your learner a broad idea of what level they are operating at, but this should not be taken as an indication of what level of Edexcel Functional Skills test they will pass. This is not a practice test and we strongly recommend that learners follow a suitable programme of delivery and learning before they are entered for live assessments.



    Free online assessments & resources from ForSkills

    ForSkills were the first company to introduce an online Functional Skills package in the UK, and have since successfully delivered millions of assessments for the leading training providers and colleges in the country.

    By gaining approval for Functional Skills with NCFE, we can provide you with FREE access to a range of ForSkills resources:

    Initial and diagnostic assessments

    The ForSkills’ initial assessment uniquely measures both a learner’s overall working-towards level from Pre-entry to Level 2, and their spiky profile. The English initial assessment will show the levels for reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar, and the maths initial assessment will display the section levels of number; measures, shape and space; and handling data. The assessments include a built-in dyslexia and dyscalculia screener.

    The diagnostic assessment is the crucial second cog of the process. Done properly, it will shorten the learner journey and motivate them toward the final test. On completion, the diagnostics provide each learner with a colour-coded individual skills plan (ISP) that clearly displays the topics that the learner is competent in and their skills gaps. Links on the skills plan direct the learner to the specific resources they need to cement their gaps.
  3. hot2trot

    hot2trot New commenter

    This is fantastically helpful - thank you!
  4. elder_cat

    elder_cat Established commenter

    You're welcome. Hope there's something useful in there for you :D

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