To support centres in placing their learners on the most appropriate level of qualifications we have developed the following initial assessment tools.

Essential Digital Skills Qualifications Initial Assessment Tool


This pack contains two simple initial assessment tools for use with learners considering undertaking Essential Digital Skills qualifications (EDSQ).

The Basic Suitability Assessment should be completed by all learners. It will help determine if learners are ready for Essential Digital Skills Qualifications or if they would benefit from first doing some additional preparation. The eight questions are short and straightforward and most learners should be able to use this tool independently.

The Strengths and Weaknesses Assessment should be completed by learners deemed ready by the first tool. It will assist tutors in identifying which level of EDSQ is likely to be most appropriate for a learner. It will also show where learners’ strengths and weaknesses lie.

The questions on this second, longer, assessment are separated into the five Essential Digital Skill areas. They contain a mixture of questions based on the EDSQ standards at Entry 3 and Level 1. As there are a total of 35 questions in this tool and some technical terms are used, some learners may need support to complete this assessment. For example, they may need help with reading the questions, understanding some of the terminology, or with maintaining focus as they work their way through it.

Each tool offers learners the opportunity to receive an email containing a breakdown of their results, which is especially relevant for the second tool where their answers will reveal strengths and weaknesses. If learners do not have a suitable email you may wish to provide them with an email address to use that will enable you to collate and analyse the results afterwards. Emails will come from, if you do not receive an email, please check your junk folder or assist learners to do so.

Results Checker

Once a learner has completed the Strengths and Weaknesses Assessment, they will receive a “score” in the confirmation email, you can use the below Score Checker tool to quickly lookup which level of Essential Digital Skills qualification is likely to be most appropriate.

EDSQ Diagnostic Score Checker

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