Maths Diagnostic Tests

Maths Diagnostic Tests

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PFS Team April 26, 2024


Before starting your maths functional skills course, undergoing a diagnostic assessment can be really useful. Pass Functional Skills offers free diagnostic tests for both maths and English, aiding learners in deciding which level is more suitable, 1 or 2. Within the course learners are able to track their level, offering them a way to see their progress.

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Diagnostic Assessments – Maths

Pass Functional Skills offers a free initial assessment and subject knowledge assessment, helping learners identify the level they are starting at and areas to brush up on. Learn more about these tests below:

Initial Assessment

This is the first thing we recommend doing before starting the maths functional skills course. It consists of questions of varying difficulty across all topics. In short, initial level is work out based on how many questions they answer right. Each question is weighted based on it’s difficulty. When finished, learners will be given an initial level, afterward this is used to suggest a course for them to enrol on.

Subject Knowledge Assessment

In addition to the initial assessment, Pass Functional Skills provides a subject knowledge assessment. This offers learners further insight into areas where they should focus their studies. The subject knowledge assessment covers the entire course, highlighting areas that require improvement. Following the test, learners are given a list of recommended topics. Directing revision efforts towards these topics will help a learner see rapid progress.

Current Level

Learners with the full course from Pass Functional Skills will be able to track their progress throughout the course using current level. This feature gives learners an up to date analysis of the level that they are working at so they can see improvement as they work through the course. Initial level is used as a starting point and then scores from practice questions and topic tests are used to calculate an up to date current level. When a learners current level exceeds 2.5, they are generally deemed ready to sit their exam.

ESFA Funding

It is an ESFA requirement to carry out an assessment of current level for those apprentices who do not have evidence of prior attainment of level 2 maths and English qualifications. These assessments must be carried out using tools based on the national literacy and numeracy standards and core curriculum, as stated by the ESFA funding rules. The Pass Functional Skills diagnostics tests help training providers to meet these requirements without incurring any cost.


While the maths initial assessment results guide learners towards the appropriate level course, it doesn’t mean that is the level a learner must sit. A learner may be advised to enrol on the level 1 course but need to sit the level 2 qualification. In essence, it just means that this learner may need to spend slightly longer on the course. In order to get exam ready, it is suggested that learners complete all their recommended topics, suggested from the subject knowledge assessment. This will then ensure that learners have revised their weaker areas.

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