As part of the Skilled for Life framework, centres delivering a programme can access a free Initial Assessment Tool for Functional Skills in English and maths. 

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How can the Initial Assessment Tool (IAT) help me?

The IAT has been developed to:

  • give you a simple way of assessing a learner's existing skills
  • adapt to your learners' abilities and alter the type of questions according to their answers in the first half of the assessment.

You can also:

  • View group profiles: Teachers and tutors have a personal login that enables them to securely view their learning groups' performance.

  • Export profiles to a spreadsheet showing marks, level and time taken to complete the assessments.

  • Change the screen colour for dyslexic learners: This functionality is operated in the actual test in the same way as our onscreen Functional Skills tests.

  • Save the entire test to PDF to aid feedback: This can be saved to a desktop, memory stick or be printed out.

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We've put together a deliverer's guide to give you more information on how to use the IAT.

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