ICT Online External Assessment

Online Assessment is a fantastic online software system that allows NCFE centres to deliver Functional Skills papers securely.

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Candidates are required to undertake an externally set task-based assessment at Level 1 or 2. The Level 1 assessment has a duration of 2 hours, the Level 2 assessment is 2 hours 30 minutes.

Both levels of Functional Skills ICT external assessments can be taken on our online system.

Taking the external assessment online means:

  • shorter timescales required to book in the external assessment
  • a more ‘ICT’ based approach to an ICT exam as no paper work is involved
  • because the system is a closed system there is no requirement for centre staff to make files available and send emails in preparation for the external assessment
  • the centre do not require internet access for the online assessment, provided they have downloaded the assessment prior to going to the exam location.

However, as the ICT external assessments may look a little different online to what you expect, and different to our paper based versions, we strongly recommend you take a sneaky peek at our Online Assessment for Functional Skills ICT User Guide. The guide will show you some screen shots and will explain what functions are available to candidates during the assessment. This will help familiarise you and your candidates with the system.

We also strongly recommend giving every candidate a practice online test before entering them for an external assessment so that they can familiarise themselves with the functionality of the system before they’re in a live exam situation. You are able to book cohorts of candidates on to practice tests over an unspecified period i.e. you can book a cohort of 30 candidates to sit their practice assessment in a 3 month window.


For an in-depth understanding of all the system features and functionality please refer to the BTL Office reference guide. This guide is provided by our online assessment provider and details all aspects of the system.

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