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Sample papers

Our sample papers give your learners an opportunity to practice taking an NCFE Functional Skills assessment. Our samples are also fully representative of our live assessments papers.

Our range of sample papers are accessible in three ways:

  • Paper-based – downloadable from the NCFE website, including mark schemes
  • In-browser (online) – accessible via your web browser, without the need to schedule in Secure Assess
  • Online – ‘practice’ test versions are available to schedule via Secure Assess, our online assessment system.

All Level 1 and 2 sample paper versions are available both online and paper-based. The associated mark schemes are available to download with the paper-based versions.

Top tips
  • In-browser (online) – once selected ‘Finish’ is selected or the browser is closed, you won’t be able to retrieve learner answers. We advise asking learners to leave the assessment open, for marking purposes. Alternatively, screen-shots can be taken so marking can take place later.
  • Paper-based – we recommend using the paper-based versions for assessment purposes and the Online or In-browser versions to allow learners to get familiar with the functionality of the online assessment system.
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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.

Sample papers



Mark Scheme

FS ICT Level 1



FS ICT Level 1

P000288_Starting a Business


FS ICT Level 1



FS ICT Level 2



FS ICT Level 2

P000289_Survey of Garden Birds