Initial Assessment of Literacy and Numeracy


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Note: This test review was published by BPS on 23rd May 2008

Description of the Test

These measures have been designed to assess the basic literacy and numeracy of adults and young people over 16. Scores for each measure are converted into one of 5 attainment levels or standards, as defined by the “Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit”. There are 3 parallel versions of each test, versions 1 and 2 being for general use with post 16’s, and version 3 for use in family learning programmes. Only one each of the versions should be used with each candidate. The literacy tests cover basic spelling and grammar, the appropriate use of words, and simple reasoning and comprehension. The numeracy tests cover a broad range of elements. These include: simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, simple fractions and decimals, reading from a ruler and scale, telling the time using a timetable, working out area, perimeter and volume, interpreting scaling and reading from a graph. Each test takes 20 minutes to complete, and can be administered and marked by non-specialists.

Authors: Basic Skills Agency

Test Publisher: Basic Skills Agency

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