Book your test by completing the Functional Skills exam booking form section above. A confirmation of your booking will be emailed to you.
The Functional Skills tests are taken on a computer at the centre. There are practise tests available on our website so candidates can familiarise themselves with how the tests work.
The Functional Skills tests are administered by Pearson/Edexcel.
Level 2 is generally accepted as equivalent to GCSE.
The Functional Skills tests are held at our centre in Manchester.
The Functional Skills tests are taken on a computer at the centre.
Book your Functional Skills test by completing the Book Functional Skills section below. A confirmation of your booking will be emailed to you.
There is no set age limit for taking Functional Skills tests.
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, reading, speaking and listening tests are taken on the same day.
Functional Skills Tests are either Pass or Fail. There are no grades awarded.
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.
Each learner must complete two tasks:
Task 1 is a presentation on a topic of the learner’s choice; followed by a question and answer session. Task 2 is a discussion. For each task, Pearson has identified which criteria are being assessed. Where a criterion is assessed solely in only one activity then candidates must produce at least two examples of meeting this criterion.
In Task 1, in a group of three to four learners, each learner needs to show that they can:
- give a presentation of a topic of their choice for 4 to 5 minutes
- answer questions on their presentation for 3 minutes
- communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and effectively, providing further detail and development if required
- express opinions and arguments, supported by relevant and persuasive evidence
- ask detailed and pertinent questions.
In Task 2, in a group of three to five learners, each learner needs to show that they can:
- take part in a group discussion for 15 minutes
- adapt contributions to discussions to suit audience, purpose and medium
- interject and redirect discussion using appropriate language and register
Yes, these are usually sent out for a minimal fee of £7 once we have received certificates at the centre. 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.
Learners can resit the tests as many times as required.
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.
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.
Once you have received your results you can book another test. Instructions concerning re-takes will be emailed with the results.
Remark is available for Onscreen Functional skills exams. The fee is £50 and must be requested within 28 days after receiving your results.
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.
Candidates may wish to withdraw from their examinations by e-mailing or calling us before the examination booking. We will refund the amount to you after deducting £30.00 per exam as administrative costs. Please note that the centre cannot provide refunds if the examination date have passed. We also cannot provide refunds if the candidate is absent from the exam.
Functional Skills Reading 22 out of 35 marks
Functional Skills Writing 21 out of 36 marks
Functional Skills Maths 36 out of 64 marks