In-application testing

Our new method of on-screen assessment for Functional Skills ICT, in-application testing (in-app), is now live and can be scheduled via Walled Garden. You will no longer be able to book the on-screen assessments (simulations). Take a look at our FAQ’s for further information about booking tests and scheduled tests.

What is in-app?

In-app is a new way of delivering on-screen assessment for Functional Skills ICT. In-app uses our existing on-screen testing system, e-volve, to deliver the assessment tasks and source data securely to learners, whilst allowing them to complete the tasks using familiar MS Office applications (for example, Word and Excel) and upload the completed document to e-volve during their test.

In-app assessment is easily administered by centres and allows assessments to be taken with or without a live internet connection.

What are the benefits of in-app?

In-app has been developed following extensive customer research to offer:

  • An on-screen, self-contained test with no need to retrieve or prepare data files in advance, print or retain learner evidence, or manage local email accounts
  • The use of familiar MS Office applications (for example, Word and Excel) to complete key tasks
  • On-screen assessments that can be scheduled on-demand and booked just 30-minutes prior to the assessment
  • Assessments that can be downloaded to a laptop in advance and taken with or without a live internet connection. 

When is it available?

In-app assessments are now live and can be scheduled via Walled Garden. Please consult the assessment guidance (below) for information on how to book an in-app test.

The current on-screen assessments (simulations) are now closed for booking and no longer available. In-app is the only on-screen delivery method available for these assessments.

Take a look at our FAQ’s for further information about booking tests and scheduled tests.

Sample in-app assessments

Are now available, these are ‘stand-alone’ samples which can be taken via a web browser.

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Guidance materials

We have developed a number of resources to help you and your learners transition to in-app and familiarise yourselves with this new method of assessment. These include:

Assessment guidance

Guidance on how to deliver and administer Functional Skills ICT assessments using in-app. 

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‘Get ready’ checklist

A handy ‘get ready’ checklist to help you identify the key requirements to ensure your centre is ready to successfully transition to in-app.

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‘Trouble-shooting’ guide

Help and guidance for trouble-shooting any issue or query that may arise during an in-app Functional Skills ICT assessment.

Download > (PDF 312 KB)

Demonstration video

A short demonstration video to help tutors and learners alike see the in-app functionality.

Offer Functional Skills

To offer Functional Skills please submit an application and we’ll help you get set up - you can become a City & Guilds qualification provider within 30 days.

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New e-Functional Skills

e-Functional Skills is an online Functional Skills teaching and learning resource designed to help a centre guide learners from initial assessment to exam success.

More about e-Functional Skills >