NCFE Functional Skills English Entry Level 1, 2, 3 Past Papers

NCFE Functional Skills English Entry Level exams are separated into two sections, Reading and Writing. The Reading section tests your ability to extract information from several types and styles of texts, while the Writing section will require you to produce your own texts, to assess your literary capability, as well as your spelling, punctuation and grammar. The Writing paper also involves an extra 10 minute, 10 mark Spelling Section, which is not included on the site.

The allocation of time and marks in exams is as below:

  • Entry Level 1:
    • Reading – 40 minutes, 10 marks
    • Writing – 35 minutes, 20 marks (+ 10 marks)
  • Entry Level 2:
    • Reading – 40 minutes, 14 marks
    • Writing – 40 minutes, 25 marks (+ 10 marks)
  • Entry Level 3:
    • Reading – 40 minutes, 16 marks
    • Writing – 45 minutes, 30 marks (+ 10 marks)

You may use a dictionary in your NCFE Functional Skills English Entry Level 1, 2 or 3 reading paper, but not in your writing paper.

Follow Our Socials

Social BG

Follow our Facebook for community support

Social BG

Follow our Instagram & TikTok for revision help

Our Facebook page can put you in touch with other students of your course for revision and community support. Alternatively, you can find us on Instagram or TikTok where we're always sharing revision tips for all our courses.

Follow our socials for revision tips and community support

  • facebook
  • instagram
  • tiktok

NCFE Functional Skills English Entry Level 1, 2, 3: Key Details

Qualification Title NCFE Entry Level 1/2/3 Functional Skills Qualification in English
Qualification Number Qualification Number 603/5059/3 (Level 1), 603/5056/8 (Level 2), 603/5052/0 (Level 3)
Approved age ranges Approved age ranges Pre-16, 16-18, 19+
Total Qualification Time (TQT) Total Qualification Time (TQT) 61 hours
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Guided Learning Hours (GLH) 55 hours
Assessment type Assessment type Externally set, on-demand assessment.
Grading Grading the qualification is graded Pass/Fail.
Entry requirements Entry requirements No prior knowledge, understanding, skills or qualifications are required.