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What is the National Numeracy Challenge?

The National Numeracy Challenge is a free, online learning tool designed to help you improve your everyday maths skills in manageable steps whilst building your confidence along the way.

Join over 366,000 other adults who have registered to find out their numeracy level. It includes:

  • Numeracy skills tests - a short one to get you started and a longer one to get an accurate gauge of your skills.
  • Learning resources - to help you learn every skill you need to be numerate
  • Attitudes resources - some ways to make learning maths a bit easier and less stressful 
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What do we mean by numeracy?

The National Numeracy Challenge is a free, online learning tool designed to help you improve your everyday maths skills in manageable steps whilst building your confidence along the way.

About the Challenge

The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online assessment tool. It’s designed to give you an accurate picture of your everyday maths skills.

You start by registering and completing the Check-Up, which gives you your numeracy level.

It then gives you the tools to learn in manageable steps, building confidence along the way as you improve your skills with numbers.

The Challenge focuses on the number skills that everyone needs to function at home and at work. These are the skills that help you manage your money, work out measurements and make sense of figures in the media.

It’s designed for people to use on their own or as part of a learning programme in the workplace or other community setting.

Register for the National Numeracy Challenge

It is appropriate for adults with numeracy from Entry Level 2 up to Level 2, roughly equivalent to A*-C at GCSE.

Find out more about what numeracy levels mean

The Challenge online journey

Take the Challenge Check-Up

The Challenge Check-Up is a confidental assessment of the user’s everyday maths skills and understanding. The assessment is adaptive; if you answer questions correctly, the questions will get harder, but if you answer incorrectly, they will get easier. The Check-Up identifies the user’s overall skill level and identifies the areas that need working on.

See the topics you should improve

The results page shows the user what level they are working at and which areas they need to work on. Users can also see what questions they got wrong in the Check-Up.

Learn

Users are then guided towards appropriate learning resources online and advised where they can access adult education classes if they prefer. They are led through a personalised learning plan with links to online learning tools which cover the topics they need to work on.

Retake the Challenge Check-Up

When they feel ready, users can retake the Challenge Check-Up to see how much they have improved and if they have got the Essentials of Numeracy. If they have not reached their target or wish to progress to another level, they can carry on learning online and take the Check-Up again, or continue learning elsewhere.

What are the Essentials of Numeracy?