About the Initial Assessment

The bksb Initial Assessment (English and maths) tracks the Functional Skills Standards and satisfies the updated core curriculum for English and maths from Pre-Entry Level to Level 2. The Initial Assessment tool is dynamic and adjusts the level according to the answers given - allowing the learner to see what level they are currently working at.

Fully interactive and self-marking

The Initial Assessment is fully interactive and self-marking. It gives learners a clear indication of their current level in English and maths from Pre-Entry to Level 2.

Tracks the Functional Skills Standards and is referenced to the core curriculum for English and maths

The Initial Assessment is created and developed in line with the Functional Skills Standards and the core curriculum for English and maths. This means the assessment is very flexible across a range of educational settings.

One assessment suitable for all learners

Our initial Functional Skills assessment is a highly intelligent, objective tool, which intuitively determines the level students are working at from Pre-Entry to Level 2.

In-depth tracking and reporting

The Initial Assessment provides valuable tracking and reports for tutors and managers. This data is extremely insightful and assists greatly with lesson planning, learner management and for inspection evidence. Download our pdf to find out more about tracking and reporting.

Signposts subsequent in-depth Diagnostic Assessments to be taken

The Initial Assessment enables learners to find out their current level in English and maths and informs them which Diagnostic Assessment to take. The diagnostic will then identify their strengths and weaknesses and signpost the learner to the specific learning resources they require.

We're the UK's market leader in Functional Skills Solutions and we operate globally

Our Initial Assessment is the market leading and longest established solution of its type in the UK. It is trusted by thousands of organisations (including the majority of FE colleges) and used by millions of learners across the world every year to support their skills improvement programmes.

Outstanding technical support

As our Functional Skills Assessments are fully-hosted, we save you all the usual hassle of installation, set-up and maintenance. In addition, all bksb customers receive full technical support by phone, email and web at no extra cost.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions, or would like to attend one of our free Functional Skills events, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Alternatively, for an online trial, quotation or upgrade, follow the links on the right.

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Why choose the bksb Initial Assessment?

  • bksb is fully interactive and self-marking.
  • Our products are referenced to the core curriculum for both English and maths.
  • One assessment is suitable for all learners.
  • It signposts subsequent in-depth Diagnostic Assessments to be taken.
  • We're the UK's market leader in Functional Skills solutions and we operate globally.
  • We provide outstanding technical support.
  • bksbLIVE is built on Amazon Web Services and is highly reliable. Data is protected by secure facilities and infrastructure, as well as sophisticated network and security monitoring systems. 

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About bksb licensing and pricing

  • bksb solutions are sold on an annual licence basis as standard.
  • We benchmark against competitors to ensure our products are the best value available.
  • There are absolutely no hidden costs with bksb - just a simple, easy-to-understand per learner, per annum price.
  • Tutors, administrators and managers can access bksb at no additional cost.
  • If you would like to find out more about our pricing and licencing, simply get in touch for an informal chat with one of our friendly team.

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