Learners should prepare for the progress tests by using the interactive practice quizzes, which can be found by following the relevant links from the home page.
The teacher should decide how stringently to mark the progress tests. For example, a learner may be told that they have made mistakes, and given a chance to check through the paper to correct them.
As a general rule, full marks (10/10) must be achieved at each stage before the learner is allowed to proceed to the next stage. In this event the learner may immediately be given a test paper for the next stage. If any questions are answered incorrectly, the learner should instead return to the practice quizzes, focusing on the relevant stage and question type. Teachers may choose to make an exception to the full marks pass requirement for those few stages that demand the correct spelling of numbers. This is because little subsequent learning relies upon meeting these criteria.
It is recommended for everyone to begin the programme at the first stage of Entry Level 1. It will not take long for each learner to reach their true level, and any basic revision needs will be addressed in the process.
The programme is designed to be used in cycles. A learner should return to the beginning to start a new cycle whenever their teacher deems it necessary.
By using these tracking documents teachers can identify which learners are most in need of support at any given time, and which can be encouraged to continue practising independently:
Progress tests should be administered regularly throughout the programme. The results of these tests can be used to demonstrate learning progress to any stakeholder, and most importantly to the learners themselves. They will also indicate the level at which the summative assessment (exam) should be attempted at the end of the programme.
There are three sets of test papers for each component of the programme (number, money and time). It is a good idea to print out the whole of Set A to use as a master copy, topping up each stage as required. Papers from Sets B and C can then be printed individually for learners who are retaking a stage. If they pass the paper they can revert to Set A for the next stage.