Maths ID Essential Numeracy exam

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The Essential Numeracy exam is not officially accredited, but it will provide an accurate and reliable measure of numeracy attainment when used as a summative assessment.  For learners to be awarded funding they may also be required to pursue a course accredited by Ofqual.  We trust that teachers will appreciate the advantages that Maths ID provides for good teaching and learning and support our campaign for the provision of more expertly designed numeracy qualifications.  We believe that a good learning programme for numeracy is highly structured, interactive and needs appropriate

This assessment is graded A-E, unlike most assessments for Entry Level numeracy that currently hold accreditation, which tend to have a pass/fail format.  Our professional experience tells us that grading is necessary in order to reflect the gradual progress typical of Entry Level learners.  Because pass/fail assessments cannot reflect gradual progress, they pressurise teachers into 'teaching to the test' to maximise their pass rates.  This produces narrow, shallow learning, and unreliable results which obscure true learning needs.


The assessment has three levels in line with the adult numeracy core curriculum at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2 and Entry Level 3.  During the academic year learners should work through interactive practice work at for each of the programme's three components; number, money and time; and their progress should be tracked using the progress tests provided on the site.  It is recommended that learners begin each year at Entry Level 1 STAGE 1, and work through the programme to find their current level of ability.  This cyclical approach ensures that no knowledge gaps are left unaddressed, and all basic concepts are revised.  Learners can also begin a new cycle at any point judged appropriate by their teacher.  The progress made during the year will indicate the level at which the summative assessment should be delivered. 

The maximum time allowed to complete the assessment is 2 hours for each level.

 Maths ID 2020