Functional Skills Onscreen Exam Centre

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Functional Skills exam centre for private candidates. Edexcel onscreen functional skills are level 2 qualifications conducted on laptops at our centre in Sparkhill Birmingham.

Many colleges and universities will accept Functional Skills onscreen qualification as being GCSE equivalent.

Functional skills exams are currently available every Saturdays from 11 am.
24 hours pre booking required to order a Functional Skills exams.

Onscreen Functional Skills exams can be booked at any time throughout the year.
Results are emailed to candidates 10-14 working days after the test but can take up to 28 days.
Functional Skills certificates are posted two weeks after the results have been issued.
GCSE Equivalent Qualification accepted by colleges, universities and training providers.

Edexcel Functional Skills Mathematics Exam

Functional Skills Maths Level 1 & 2

Functional Skills Level 1 or Level 2 Mathematics £99

Edexcel Functional Skills On Screen Examinations. One exam (1 hour 45 minutes).

(Require 34 or 36 from 64 marks for a Pass from 16 Questions).
(4 non calculator questions  + 12 calculator questions).

Functional Skills Mathematics, Level 1 & 2, aims to ensure that each individual is able to solve problems in real-life, functional contexts and develop skills in:

  • Using numbers and the number system –whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Using common measures, shapes and space
  • Handling information and data

Functional Skills Mathematics qualifications are designed to give learners the skills to operate confidently, effectively and independently in education, work and everyday life. They have been created in response to employers’ perceptions that many learners are not achieving a sufficiently firm grounding in the basics

Practice Functional Skills Maths Onscreen Test on Your Windows 10 Laptop

Links below are for candidates to practice before sitting the test which replicates the look and feel of the functional skills maths onscreen testing program. The Sample Test Player software must be installed on a Window 10 computer or laptop for the links to work. The practise tests can only be used on laptop or computer and cannot be used on mobile phone or tablet.

Maths Specification Content Covered Level 1
Edexcel Maths Direct Page Content Covered Level 2
Sample Test Player Download Working Grid Tutorial
Maths Sample Test Level 1 Maths Sample Test Level 2
Test Level 1 v1
Test Level 1 v2
Test Level 1 v3
Test Level 2 v1
Test Level 2 v2
Test Level 2 v3

Edexcel Functional Skills English Exam

Functional Skills English Level 1 & 2

Functional Skills Level 1 or Level 2 English £180.

One reading exam – 75 minutes £80.
(Require 21 from 35 marks for a Pass)

One writing exam – 60 minutes  £80.
(Require 21 from 36 marks for a Pass)

One speaking test – 60 minutes £20.
(Result: Pass or Fail)

Speaking tests are conducted online via  Zoom.
The date of the speaking test will be confirmed when you attend for the reading and writing test.

The aims of these qualifications are to develop
learner understanding and skills in:

Level 1
Speaking, Listening and Communication – take full part in formal and informal discussions and exchanges that include unfamiliar subjects.
Reading – read and understand a range of straightforward texts.
Writing – write a range of texts to communicate information, ideas and opinions using formats and styles suitable for their purpose and audience.

Level 2

Speaking, Listening and Communication – make a range of contributions to discussions in a range of contexts, including those that are unfamiliar, and make effective presentations.
Reading – select, read, understand and compare texts and use them to gather information, ideas, arguments and opinions.
Writing – write a range of texts, including extended written documents communication information, ideas and opinions, effectively and persuasively.

Practice Functional Skills English Onscreen Test on Your Windows 10 Laptop

Links below are for candidates to practice before sitting the test which replicates the look and feel of the functional skills English onscreen testing program. The Sample Test Player software must be installed on a Window 10 computer or laptop for the links to work. The practise tests can only be used on laptop or computer and cannot be used on mobile phone or tablet.  Sample Test Player Download

English Specification
Edexcel English Direct Page
Sample English Reading Test
Level 1 Reading Sample Level 2 Reading Sample
Sample English Writing Test
Level 1 Writing Sample
Level 2 Writing Sample

Functional Skills FAQs

Which examination board do you use for Functional Skills tests?

The Functional Skills tests are administered by Pearson/Edexcel.

Which Functional Skills level is equivalent to GCSE?

Level 2 is generally accepted as equivalent to GCSE.

Where are the Functional Skills tests held?

The Functional Skills tests are held at our centre in Birmingham.

Are the Functional Skills tests paper based?

The Functional Skills tests are taken on a computer. There are practise tests available on our website so candidates can familiarise themselves with how the tests work.

How can I book a Functional Skills test?

Book your Functional Skills test by completing the Book Functional Skills section below.

A confirmation of your booking will be emailed to you.

Is there any age limits taking the functional skills tests?

There is no set age limits for taking Functional Skills tests.

What do I need to pass the Functional Skills English Test?

Candidate must complete and pass all three components of the English exam. The Functional Skills English Test comprises of: Writing Test, Reading Test and a Speaking Test. The writing and reading tests can be taken on the same day. The Speaking Test is conducted a few days after online via Zoom.

Are there pass grades in Functional Skills?

Functional Skills Tests are either Pass or Pail. There are no grades awarded.

How long are the Functional Skills Tests?

Functional Skills English
The writing test lasts 60 minutes and
The reading test lasts 75 minutes.
We would advise candidates to allow 60-90 minutes for the speaking test.

Functional Skills Maths
The Functional Skills Maths Test lasts 1 hour 45 minutes.

What is the Functional Skills English Speaking Test?

The Functional Skills English Speaking Test is an important part of the Functional Skills English assessments. This is taken over Zoom along with other candidates who each prepare a short presentation of between 7-9 minutes in length. Candidates prepare a talk on any topic of their own choice and can use brief notes or bullet points. Following the presentation, questions will be posed by the other candidates. Although the Speaking Test does not contribute to a candidate’s overall mark, the candidate must achieve the minimum standard in order to complete the requirements for the award. The Functional Skills English Speaking Tests are generally available once a month on Sunday.

Do I receive a hard copy certificate?

Yes, these are usually sent out 10-14 days after you received your results. These are posted by recorded delivery. Please keep your certificate safe as there is a charge for replacements.

All three components of the English Functional skills must have a PASS to receive a Certificate.

How many times can resit on-screen Functional skills test?

Learners can resit the tests as many times as required.

Can I use a calculator in the Functional Skills Mathematics test?

The Functional Skills mathematics has both non-calculator and calculator questions. There is an on-screen calculator which candidates can use in the calculator section of the tests.

How long does it take for results to be issued?

Results are usually available and emailed to candidates 10-14 days after the tests but in exceptional cases this could take up to 28 days.

What happens if I fail my Functional Skills Exam

Once you have received your results you can book another test. Instructions concerning re-takes will be emailed with the results.

Can I request a re-mark?

Remark is available for Onscreen Functional skills exams. The fee is £50 and must be requested within 28 days after receiving your results.

I have learning difficulties.

Candidates with learning difficulties can apply for 25% extra time.  Candidates must supply either a recent psychologist report, an education health and care plan (EHC Plan) or a report from your Doctor  listing your learning difficulties and must mention that extra time is required during educational examinations before booking the exam.

Please note this arrangement does not apply for GCSE and A Level.

What is the cancellation policy?

To cancel a functional skills test and to receive a full refund we must be informed by email five days prior to the test.  No refunds will be issued after the five day cancellation period.

email to cancel: cancelexamfs@englishandmaths.com

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