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Nov 262012

An article on the NIACE website (unfortunately no longer available) informs us that funding for Functional Skills is to be doubled. This is undoubtedly good news, though the question has to be asked why it was cut back in the first place. I hope this improvement in funding will enable Colleges to cater for workers in smaller workplaces, many of whom need help with their Maths and English.




Nov 082012

Here are some Level 2 Practice Papers. You may need some help getting used to the different tools, especially if you’re not used to using computers. DON’T PANIC! Read the instructions carefully at the beginning and get someone to help you if you are struggling.¬†The navigation test shows you how to use all the different functions, so go through all of this carefully, step by step. Don’t forget to show all your working and justify your answers. If you use the calculator your working out will appear in the box next to it. Unfortunately the paper is not marked at the end, so when you have finished you will either need to print off each page or get your teacher to check your work.

At the beginning you don’t need to enter any details- just click “OK” and “Confirm”

Navigation test

Nov 082012

Try these Level 1 Practice Papers from City and Guilds. First try the navigation test as this shows you how to use all the different functions that you will need. Then try an actual test. ¬†Unfortunately it doesn’t mark it for you, so you will have to ask your teacher if you are getting them correct. You could print each page and get someone to check for you. Don’t forget it is vital to show all your working and justify your answers. Don’t worry about the “signing in” part- just leave everything blank and click “OK” and “confirm”. It is not always straightforward drawing the graphs and tables so it is vital you practice doing this before your actual exam.