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Edexcel Functional Skills

If you're not happy with your Functional Skills results, there are several options available to you. Find out about our review of marking service and how to get a copy of your exam paper, and read the answers to FAQs about post-results services.

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Can I get the marking of my exam paper checked?

Yes. Quality assurance procedures are in place throughout every stage of the exam cycle, but if you're concerned that your grade is wrong, you can ask us to perform additional checks.

If you'd like to request one of our 'Enquiries about results' (EAR) services, you'll need to speak to the exams officer at your school or college, who will ask us to review the marking of your question paper on your behalf.

When will I get the result?

The table below shows when you can expect an outcome. For information about deadlines and fees, see:

Post-results key dates

Post-results fees

Service How long will it take?
Review of marking (EAR2) Up to 20 days
Clerical check (EAR1)
Up to 10 days

Before deciding to request a review of marking you should speak to your teacher. They may have additional information on how you performed during your assessment and be able to provide you with guidance.

The majority of review of marking requests do not result in a change to a grade, simply because the review of marking has shown that the original grade was accurate. However, it is possible that your grade could go up, go down or stay the same.

If your grade goes down, you cannot reject the review of marking and go back to the original grade. The only way to improve your grade would be to resit the exam.

The marking of your question paper will be reviewed by a senior examiner, who will check your answers against the mark scheme. This senior examiner won’t have marked your paper before. Once the marking of your paper has been reviewed, we'll do a clerical check to make sure that:

  • everything you've written has been marked
  • all of the marks have been added up to give the correct total mark
  • we’ve entered your total mark correctly on our systems
  • any special consideration has been taken into account (if it was applied for before the exam).

You can request that we only perform the clerical check. This will cost less than having a full review of marking.

If your exam paper was marked using our onscreen marking platform, your work will be sent electronically to a senior examiner as soon as your school or college makes a request.

The senior examiner is able to review the marking of the exam paper online and, as soon as they submit their mark, your school or college will be notified of the outcome.

We aim to have the result of your review of marking back to you within 30 days.

We don't refund students or parents directly but you may be able to request a refund from your school or college if the outcome of your review of marking results in a change in your overall grade.

The refund policy for marking reviews is agreed jointly by the major UK awarding organisations.

If you're still not satisfied with the outcome of your review of marking, you can ask your centre to appeal on your behalf. Appeals do not normally involve reviewing your work again, but this will happen if there is evidence that the correct procedure wasn’t followed during the original review of marking.

Your centre has 30 calendar days after receiving the outcome of your review of marking to appeal. We can't process appeal requests after this deadline.

Find out more about appeals

Yes. Although private candidates often find it easier to speak to their school or college about their results, they can contact Pearson directly to request post-results services like a review of marking or to request a marked copy of their exam paper.

If a private candidate is unhappy with the outcome of a review of marking, they can also appeal our decision without going through their exam centre.

Contact our Student Services team

Can I see my answers/get a copy of my marked exam paper?

For paper-based assessments at Level 1 and 2

Yes - you can ask your school or college to request we return a copy of your marked exam paper.

For onscreen on-demand and on-demand assessments

No - we are unable to return your marked exam because other learners may take this test in the future.

Fees (UK)

Your school or college may ask you to pay for these services before they submit your application. The table below shows the amount we charge to process each type of request and when you can expect to receive your paper.

Your marked question paper will indicate the number of marks you received for each question but may not show much more detail, such as which part of your answer was awarded credit. Our examiners don't usually annotate question papers while marking.

You'll need to speak to your teacher in order to get a copy of the mark scheme or for additional help interpreting where you've been awarded marks.

No. We've agreed with the other awarding organisations that we won't offer this service for your qualification.

This is to ensure that all students are offered the same services, regardless of which awarding organisation they completed their qualification with.

If you request a copy of your exam paper, it will be sent to your school or college after the review of marking deadline. If you think you might want to get the marking of your exam paper reviewed, you should discuss this with your teacher as they are in the best position to advise you. 

Yes. Ask the exams officer at your school or college to request this service at the same time as submitting your review of marking request.

Yes. Although private candidates often find it easier to speak to their school or college about their results, they can contact Pearson directly to request post-results services like a review of marking or to request a marked copy of their exam paper.

If a private candidate is unhappy with the outcome of a review of marking, they can also appeal our decision without going through their exam centre.

Contact our Student Services team

Can I resit my exam?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of times you can take an Edexcel Functional Skills assessment but your school or college may charge you for each attempt.

If you’re not successful in one of our paper-based exam windows, you can take the exam in one of the next available exam windows.

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On-demand (online) exams can be taken at any point in the year by arrangement with your exams officer. Registered learners can be booked onto the onscreen test at any time up until 2 hours beforehand.

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