Sample papers

These sample assessments will give you an idea of how our live assessment materials will look, and more importantly will give your learners the chance to practice sitting a Functional Skills assessment.

Please note because our live assessments are from a bank of live assessments they cannot, and must not, be kept for revision purposes and must not be looked at by anyone other than the learner. Therefore only the sample assessments below should be used for learners to practice and prepare for their live assessment.

We recommend, as good practice, not to use the sample papers as your sole delivery. A good tip at the start of your delivery is to break down a paper by question and give your learners a question each lesson to familiarise them with how the questions are worded. Once the learner is nearing the end of their course and you feel they are ready for the final external assessments you can then use the sample assessments to do a mock external assessment to get them prepared.

Online assessment sample papers

New and easy access to our online assessment sample papers!

NCFE have once again listened to our customer’s feedback and taken action! Now we are happy to advise that you no longer have to book an online sample paper!

Whether you want to view our online assessment sample papers to check out the online platform, or simply look at our samples on your own or with your learner, you're now able to do this.

You'll find a number of our Functional Skills sample papers available as a link; click the links below and you'll access an online assessment without the need to register on or log into the platform.

This ease of access alongside the online assessment tutorials will allow your learners to be fully prepared for their online Functional Skills assessments and increase their chances of achieving.

If you are not yet running Functional Skills with NCFE and interested in how our online assessment looks and works you can now try it out yourself without the need for approval.

If you're going to use our online assessment system for the final external assessment then we'd recommend you sit a sample paper on the online system so that the learner can be familiar with the online environment. These papers will still need to be marked by your staff using the paper based mark scheme available below, this needs to be done as soon as the learner completes the practice paper. You can either use the new links below or book a practice assessment on the online assessment system and create a window where the learner can sit the practice assessment at any point.

English Sample Papers
English Reading level 1
English Writing level 1
English Reading level 2
English Writing level 2
Maths Sample Papers
Maths level 1
Maths level 2
ICT Sample Papers
ICT level 1
ICT level 2

Paper based sample papers

You can still access our paper based sample papers and their mark schemes if your learners prefer to use the paper format.

We have recently released some NEW sample assessments that reflect the transition our assessments have gone through. We have made some changes due to customer feedback and the recent Ofqual thematic review. The samples are identified by NEW in the file path.  The older samples are still excellent resources for your learners to use in preparation for their external assessment. 

We will notify you of any additional samples as and when they are released.

Within each zip file you’ll find all you need to support your learners e.g. sample papers, mark schemes and assessment guidance.

If you need advice on online practice Functional Skills assessment, please contact your Customer Support Assistant who’ll be glad to help.

English sample papers

Maths sample papers

ICT sample papers

Entry Level 1

Entry Level 1

Entry Level 1

Entry Level 2

Entry Level 2

Entry Level 2

Entry Level 3

Entry Level 3

Entry Level 3

Level 1

Level 1

Level 1

Level 2

Level 2

Level 2