Merging results and certificating ‘spiky profile’ candidates | Pearson qualifications

Merging onscreen and paper-based results, and certificating candidates who pass different components at different levels

Fri Nov 30 00:00:00 UTC 2012

Find out more about merging Functional Skills English Level 1 and 2 onscreen and paper-based results, and administering ‘spiky profile’ candidates.

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Merging onscreen and paper-based results

Functional Skills English consists of three components, all of which need to be successfully completed in order to obtain the full qualification:

  • Writing
  • Reading
  • Speaking, Listening and Communication (SLC).

Learners can take these components at Level 1 and 2 using either our onscreen or paper-based assessments (there is no difference in the assessment of SLC between the two methods).

If a candidate has completed modules through both assessment methods, then we need to merge the results so that the qualification can be completed and certificated. This process is done on a monthly basis but will not include historical data. If you have learners who have part achievement from a previous year, you'll need to inform the Systems and Process Support team about their details. You can also ask for the process to be conducted manually, by emailing

Candidates with ‘spiky profile’ results

In a similar way, it's possible for candidates taking Functional Skills English to be certificated if they have a ‘spiky profile’. This means that they have passed different components at different levels, so for example they may have passed SLC and Writing at Entry 2, but Reading at Entry 3. They will always be certificated at the lowest level attained; in the example given, the overall level of the certificate would be Entry 2.

It is possible to certificate a candidate when the ‘spiky profile’ is across both Entry 1-3 and Level 1 and 2.

In both cases, please contact your Account Support Specialist.


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