Functional Skills – Online Sample Assessments

Our practice assessments are available as:

  • Paper-based – Downloadable from the qualification information pages which you can find here. You will find them under ‘Assessment Materials’.
  • Onscreen– ‘Practice tests’ are available to schedule via Surpass. A keycode is generated and it must be sat via SecureClient. 
  • In-browser– Accessible using a weblink, via SurpassViewer. No need to schedule or use a keycode.

All content within the practice assessments is modelled on live assessments. Mark schemes for all practice papers are provided to allow centres to mark on completion. This allows you to identify learner’s strengths and weaknesses to ensure individualised skills plans can be made using the outcomes of the practice assessments.

NCFE recommend using the paper-based practice assessments as the best form for assessing a learner’s performance.

Our onscreen practice assessments provide learners with an opportunity to practice taking an NCFE Functional Skills assessment using our onscreen assessment platform.

For in-browsers practice assessments, we recommend using these to gain learner familiarity with the NCFE onscreen platform.

Note-If you wish to mark learner responses from an in-browser practice assessment, responses will need to be captured at the end of the sitting or screen-shots throughout to facilitate this. Any learner responses inputted into an in-browser assessment cannot be retrieved once the assessment has been closed.

You may also wish to consider our diagnostic skills assessment tools and resources to support your learner’s journey.

In-browser practice assessments

To view and use these assessments you will need to install the Surpass Viewer. To do this, click on one of the links below to start the assessment, and you will be taken to a page where you can 'Download and install the Surpass Viewer'. This is Step 1 of the process.

Once the Surpass Viewer is installed, click on the relevant assessment link below, and follow Step 2 of the process - clicking the link. This will take you to the sample assessment through the Surpass Viewer. 

Once the browser has opened, simply click “start exam” and the assessment will begin.

For maths assessments, learners can familiarise themselves with the onscreen tools outside of an assessment.

Click here for onscreen maths tools demo.

Qualification

Past paper / Sample

Mark scheme

Past paper L1 FS English Reading P001233 

P001233 

P001233_MS

Past paper L1 FS English Reading P001234 

P001234 

P001234_MS

Past paper L1 FS English Reading P001271 

P001271 

P001271_MS

Past paper L1 FS English Reading P001272 

P001272 

P001272_MS

Past paper L1 FS English Reading SAM 

SAM 

SAM_MS

Past paper L1 FS English Writing P001238 

P001238 

P001238_MS

Past paper L1 FS English Writing P001239 

P001239 

P001239_MS

Past paper L1 FS English Writing P001275 

P001275 

P001275_MS

Past paper L1 FS English Writing P001276 

P001276 

P001276_MS

Past paper L1 FS English Writing SAM 

SAM 

SAM_MS

Past paper L2 FS English Reading P001243 

P001243 

P001243 _MS

Past paper L2 FS English Reading P001244 

P001244 

P001244_MS

Past paper L2 FS English Reading P001273 

P001273 

P001273_MS

Past paper L2 FS English Reading P001274 

P001274 

P001274_MS

Past paper L2 FS English Reading SAM 

SAM 

SAM_MS

Past paper L2 FS English Writing P001248 

P001248 

P001248_MS

Past paper L2 FS English Writing P001249 

P001249 

P001249_MS

Past paper L2 FS English Writing P001277 

P001277 

P001277_MS

Past paper L2 FS English Writing P001278 

P001278 

P001278_MS

Past paper L2 FS English Writing SAM 

SAM 

SAM_MS

Past paper L1 FS Maths P001253 

P001253 

P001253_MS

Past paper L1 FS Maths P001254 

P001254 

P001254_MS

Past paper L1 FS Maths P001267 

P001267 

P001267_MS

Past paper L1 FS Maths P001268 

P001268 

P001268_MS

Past paper L1 FS Maths SAM 

SAM

SAM_MS

Past paper L2 FS Maths P001258 

P001258 

P001258_MS

Past paper L2 FS Maths P001259 

P001259 

P001259_MS

Past paper L2 FS Maths P001269 

P001269 

P001269_MS

Past paper L2 FS Maths P001270 

P001270 

P001270_MS

Past paper L2 FS Maths SAM 

SAM 

SAM_MS