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Which level should I choose?

Education and business establishments can buy assessments and allocate the appropriate level (1 or 2) to their learners after assessing ability, via their admin panel. However, once a learner is officially registered for testing with Open Awards/Ofqual, it is not possible to change levels.

Ofqual Regulated Level 1 Qualification

Credit value of the qualification - (4 Credits)

This entry-level qualification is designed to assess candidates’ knowledge of touch typing theory and practical touch typing proficiency.

The qualification’s primary purpose is to prepare learners for further/higher education and employment across a broad spectrum of employment opportunities. By learning to touch type, learners can increase their productivity and efficiency when using an alphanumeric keyboard. It will equip them with a life-long skill they can utilise whilst in education and beyond in the workplace.

Ofqual Purpose: C - Prepare for employment

Ofqual Sub-Purpose: C1 - Prepare learners for employment in a broad occupational area

Invigilated environments - No age restriction or specific prior achievement is required to sit this qualification.

Remote invigilation - There is no specific achievement required to sit this qualification, but due to verification via webcam recording facilities, there is a minimum age requirement of 16 years.

Who is this qualification best suited for?

Those with basic digital skills or new to using an alphanumeric keyboard

Students, job seekers or people returning to the workplace

Anyone who has some experience in touch typing but looking to increase their speed and efficiency

Anyone using an alphanumeric keyboard as a ‘two-fingered’ typist

Learners who want a qualification to verify their digital skill

The assessment comprises of two modules: Theory (MCQ & T/F questions) and Practical (Touch typing test).

Theory Assessment includes:

16 questions (MCQ & T/F format) covering:

Correct posture whilst sitting at a computer

Touch typing technique

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

All text contains vocabulary suited to a Level 1 command of English.

Once the module is activated, the timer will begin. An on-screen notification will appear 5 minutes prior to the end of the assessment.

Duration- 35 minutes

Typing Test Assessment- recording speed and accuracy and covering:

a-z keys

Capitalisation

Full stops

Commas

Space bar

Enter key

Numbers (including decimals)

All text contains vocabulary suited to a Level 1 command of English.

Once the module is activated, the counter will only begin once typing commences.

Duration- 3 minutes

Successful Completion:

An Open Awards Ofqual regulated pass will be attained if the candidate achieves the following scores:

Words/minute – 25

Accuracy – 85%

Theory – 50%

This qualification will prepare learners for progression to the Level 2 Award in Touch Typing Skills (RQF).

Ofqual Regulated Level 2 Qualification

Credit value of the qualification - (6 Credits)

This higher level qualification provides proof of candidates’ competency and advanced skill at the keyboard. Achieving this qualification is confirmation that candidates are touch typing correctly using all digits and aware of correct posture, touch typing technique, workstation set up and equipment cleaning procedures.

The qualification’s primary purpose is to prepare learners for further/higher education and employment across a broad spectrum of employment opportunities. By learning to touch type, learners can increase their productivity and efficiency when using an alphanumeric keyboard. It will equip them with a life-long skill they can utilise whilst in education and beyond in the workplace.

Ofqual Purpose: C - Prepare for employment

Ofqual Sub-Purpose: C1 - Prepare learners for employment in a broad occupational area

Invigilated environments There is no age restriction or specific prior achievement required to take this qualification. However, depending on ability, it may be advisable for learners to sit the Level 1 assessment before progressing to the Level 2 award.

Remote invigilation There is no specific achievement required to sit this qualification, but due to verification via webcam recording facilities, there is a minimum age requirement of 16 years.

Who is this qualification best suited for?

Those with basic digital skills or new to using an alphanumeric keyboard

Students, job seekers or people returning to the workplace

Anyone who has some experience in touch typing but looking to increase their speed and efficiency

Anyone using an alphanumeric keyboard as a ‘two-fingered’ typist

Learners who want a qualification to verify their digital skill

The assessment comprises of two modules: Theory (MCQ & T/F questions) and Practical (Touch typing test).

Theory Assessment includes:

24 questions (MCQ, T/F & Short scenario format) covering:

Correct posture whilst sitting at a computer

Touch typing technique

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Workstation set up and care

Duration- 55 minutes

Typing Test Assessment recording speed and accuracy and covering:

a-z keys

Full punctuation

Numbers (including decimals)

All text contains vocabulary suited to a Level 2 command of English.

Once the module is activated, the counter will only begin once typing commences.

Duration- 3 minutes

Successful Completion:

An Open Awards Ofqual regulated pass will be attained when the candidate achieves the following scores:

Words/minute – 35

Accuracy – 85%

Theory – 50%

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