FAQ - Functional Skills Exam - Maths - At the centre

Q. Which examination board do you use for Functional Skills tests?
A. The Functional Skills tests are administered by Pearson / Edexcel.

Q. Can I use a calculator in the Functional Skills Mathematics test?
A. The Functional Skills mathematics has both non-calculator and calculator questions. There is an on-screen calculator which candidates can use in the calculator section of the tests.

Q. Which Functional Skills level is equivalent to GCSE?
A. Level 2 is generally accepted as equivalent to GCSE.

Q. Are there pass grades in Functional Skills?
A. Functional Skills Tests are either Pass or Fail. There are no grades awarded.

Q. How long does it take for results to be issued? 
A. Results are usually available and emailed to candidates 10-14 days after the tests but in exceptional cases this could take up to 28 days.

Q. Where are the functional skills tests held?
A. The Functional Skills tests are held at our centre in Birmingham.

Q. How long are functional skills test
Functional Skills Maths - The Functional Skills Maths Test lasts 1 hour 45 minutes.

Q. What happens if I fail my Functional Skills Exam
A. Once you have received your results you can book another test. Instructions concerning re-takes will be emailed with the results.

Q. Are the Functional Skills tests paper based?
A. The Functional Skills tests are taken on a computer. There are practise tests available on our website so candidates can familiarise themselves with how the tests work.

Q. Can I request a re-mark?
A. Remark is available for Onscreen Functional skills exams. The fee is £50 and must be requested within 28 days after receiving your results.

Q. Do I receive a hard copy certificate?
Yes, these are usually sent out 10-14 days after you received your results. These are posted by recorded delivery. Please keep your certificate safe as there is a charge for replacements.
All three components of the English Functional skills must have a PASS to receive a Certificate.

Q. I have learning difficulties.
Candidates with learning difficulties can apply for 25% extra time.  Candidates must supply either a recent psychologist report, an Education Health and Care plan (EHC Plan) or a report from your Doctor listing your learning difficulties and must mention that extra time is required during educational examinations before booking the exam. Please note this arrangement does not apply for GCSE and A Level.

Q. Is there any age limits taking the functional skills tests?
A There is no set age limit for taking Functional Skills tests.

Q. How many times can resit on-screen Functional skills test?
A. Learners can resit the tests as many times as required. Resits can be booked after the results have been released.

Q. What is the cancellation policy?
To cancel a functional skills test and to receive a refund we must be informed by email five days prior to the test.  No refunds will be issued after the five day cancellation period.

email to cancel: cancelexamfs@examcentrebirmingham.com