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The national tests are the result of the government’s national strategy to improve adult literacy & numeracy skills
National Tests cover the essential skills of reading, writing and number. They offer a passport to progression at work and accessing further learning opportunities. They are designed to:
Courses begin at entry level then progress to level 1
Level 1 is the equivalent of NVQ level 1 and a GCSE grades D to G
Level 2 is the equivalent of NVQ level 1 and a GCSE grades A* to C
The tests can be done fairly quickly compared to studying for a GCSE at school or in evening classes and plenty of support is given on the course. Length of study can be as short as nine hours for those who just need to brush up existing skills or may be longer depending on individual starting points and rate of progress.
An assessment will be carried out at the beginning of the course to determine your level and discover what skills you need to develop. An individual learning plan will help to keep track of your progress and your learning goals.
You can take the test again!
But you should do some more learning before re-taking it to make sure you get the questions right next time.
Literacy and Numeracy really are ESSENTIAL SKILLS and will provide you with the necessary tools for:
Furthermore, you need literacy and numeracy skills in order to participate fully in everyday life.
Many employers and higher education courses now recognise the National Tests in Literacy and Numeracy as an alternative to a GCSE in Maths and English.
Where can I get more information?
Contact the WEA Regional Office on 0151 243 5340 to find out about courses in your area.
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