About Initial Assessments

The bksb literacy and numeracy Initial Assessment tracks the ACSF skills standard, and satisfies the updated core curriculum for literacy and numeracy from Pre Level 1 to Level 5. 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 literacy and numeracy from Pre Level 1 to Level 5.

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 ACSF standards and the core curriculum for literacy and numeracy. This allows the assessment to be flexible across a range of educational settings.

One assessment suitable for all learners

A highly intelligent, objective tool, which intuitively determines the level students are working at from Pre Level 1 to Level 5.

In-depth tracking and reporting

The Initial Assessment provides a valuable tracking and reporting functionality for tutors and managers. This is incredibly powerful in lesson planning, learner management and for inspection evidence. Download a PDF for more information on tracking and reporting.

Signposts subsequent in-depth diagnostic assessments to be taken

The Initial Assessment enables learners to find their current level of literacy and numeracy, and informs them which Diagnostic Assessment to take.  The diagnostic will then identify their strengths and weaknesses, and signpost into 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 used and trusted by thousands of organisations (including the majority of Further Education colleges) and millions of learners across the world every year to support their skills improvement programmes. In Australia, the Metropolitan South Institute of Tafe (MSIT) use our products and distribute them to 100,000 learners.

Outstanding technical support

As our Initial Assessment tool is 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.

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If you have any questions, 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 operates fully interactive and self-marking.
  • We are referenced to the core curriculum for both literacy and numeracy.
  • There is one assessment suitable for all learners.
  • The products ignpost 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.

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About bksb licencing 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.

Licencing and pricing