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National OFQUAL Regulated Touch Typing Qualifications

Level 1 - 610/1412/6 Award in Touch Typing Skills (RQF) - 4 Credits
Level 2 - 610/1413/8 Award in Touch Typing Skills (RQF) - 6 Credits

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We are pleased to announce that our new national Ofqual regulated touch typing qualifications are now available in Level 1 and in Level 2.
Open Awards Centre Number: 62634

Open Awards is an Awarding Organisation approved by Ofqual and an Access Validating Agency approved by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)

KAZ Type have partnered with Open Awards to deliver the only nationally available touch typing qualification

On successful completion and verification, candidates will receive a digital certificate and the qualification added to their education record. Hard copy certificates are available at an extra cost

No minimum age requirement in invigilated environments (Age 16+ for remote invigilation by webcam)

This qualification is not specific to KAZ. You can learn to touch type with any software before sitting this qualification - simply click the ‘Assessment Only’ option

National OFQUAL Regulated Touch Typing Qualifications

You do not have to be a registered centre.

Use KAZ’s approved centre status to enrol your learners - all prices include registration fees.

If you are an approved Open Awards centre, please contact us for pricing.

Two options available for both Level 1 & Level 2 - ‘Training Course & Assessment' or ‘Assessment Only’

(Select an option)

Training Course Overview for Level 1 & Level 2

The KAZ/Open Awards Ofqual regulated online touch type training course and assessment is licensed for one year.

On purchase: Individuals can log into the course using their unique login details.
Educational and business establishments - administrators will forward logon details to learners.

Once logged in, learners should progress through the course at their own pace.

The program consists of 6 modules:
  • 1. Flying Start– Introduces the course, the navigational tool, teaches correct posture whilst sitting at a computer and the meaning, causes, signs, symptoms and preventative measures of Repetitive Strain Injury.
  • 2. The Basics– Teaches the A-Z keys using 5 scientifically structured and trademarked phrases.
  • 3. Just Do It– Reinforces the A-Z keys and builds muscle memory with additional exercises and challenge modules.
  • 4. And The Rest– Teaches the punctuation keys.
  • 5. SpeedBuilder– Offers daily practise - increasing speed and accuracy.
  • 6. Open Awards Ofqual Regulated Assessment– Consists of a theory assessment and a practical typing test.
Program Structure

The KAZ course typically takes just 90 minutes to teach the A-Z keys and approximately 4 hours to cover the whole keyboard - all of which can be divided into short modules to fit in and around busy schedules or school timetables. Including practice, the guided learning hours for Level 1 - 30 hours and Level 2 - 50 hours.

The course opens with our specialised 'preference screen’. If learners can read the sample text comfortably, they should click ’Begin Course’. If they cannot, they should change their preferences until they can.

The course is made up of five modules. Learners should start at the top and work through each module in order.

KAZ’s proven Accelerated Learning teaching method uses five scientifically structured phrases to train the fingers of both hands to work symmetrically and simultaneously, a term referred to as ‘brain balance’.

After completing the first four modules, learners should practice on the fifth ‘SpeedBuilder’ module daily to develop speed and accuracy. They should aim to consistently attain 25 words/minute with 85% accuracy (‘Ofqual’ pass mark Level 1) or 35 words/minute and 85% accuracy (‘Ofqual’ pass mark Level 2).

The time taken to achieve this will vary depending on how much time individual learners dedicate to daily practice. We recommend an hour’s practice daily unless the learner is already proficient.

Learners should also familiarise themselves with all guides in their ‘admin’ panel to ensure they are ready for the theory section of their assessment.

When ready to sit the assessment, remote candidates or invigilators should read their respective invigilation guides.

Individual learners - please read our security and validation guidelines for remote invigilation.

Education / Business Establishments - please read our invigilation guidelines.

Assessment Overview for Level 1 & Level 2

Both assessments open with our specialised 'preference screen’. If learners can read the sample text comfortable, they should click ’Begin Course’. If they cannot, they should change the preferences until they can.

The objective of the assessments is to evaluate the learner’s knowledge on touch typing theory and practical touch typing proficiency.

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

Each assessment consists of a Theory Assessment and a Typing Test.

Theory Assessment -

Level 1 - 35 minutes duration (16 questions - MCQ & T/F format)

Level 2 - 55 minutes duration (24 questions - MCQ, T/F & Short scenario format)

Correct posture whilst sitting at a computer

Touch typing technique

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Workstation set up and care (Level 2 only)

Once the theory assessment is activated, the timer will begin. An on-screen notification will appear 5 minutes prior to the end. (Revision notes are supplied with all assessments.)

Typing Test - Level 1 and Level 2 - three minute duration, recording speed and accuracy. The timer will only begin once typing commences. (A practice test is available in all assessments.)

An Open Awards Ofqual regulated qualification will be awarded if candidates achieve:

Level 1 (4 Credits)

Words/minute – 25

Accuracy – 85%

Theory Assessment – 50%

Level 2 (6 Credits)

Words/minute – 35

Accuracy – 85%

Theory Assessment – 50%

Candidates will be allowed three attempts for each module. Should they be unsuccessful on their first attempt, a minimum period of 14 days is required for reflection, revision and practice

Invigilated environments will be overseen by an invigilator

Individuals being remotely invigilated will be recorded via webcam facilities. All footage will be deleted from the secure KAZ server after verification and within a two week period

Once the first module is successfully completed, it will ‘grey out’. Access will be sealed and candidates will not be able to enter the module again. They should then progress on to the second module. Should they be successful, that module will also ‘grey out’. In all instances they will be notified as to a ‘Success’ or ‘Fail’. It does not matter which module is taken first. All results will be updated to the KAZ server and ‘administrators’ panel’ in real time

On successfully passing both modules, candidates will automatically receive an online congratulatory message. Once verified by Open Awards (up to 14 days), an Ofqual regulated digital certificate confirming the qualification will be:
Remotely invigilated individuals - emailed directly Invigilated environments - uploaded to admin panels for administrators to either print or email on to candidates This process may take up to 28 days, as it is dependent on Open Awards’ processing department Hard copy certificates must be requested by email and paid for in advance. Please email the KAZ team for more information regarding costs

Where unique learner numbers have been submitted, the qualification will show on candidates’ education records

Assessment Overview for Level 1 & Level 2

Both assessments open with our specialised 'preference screen’. If learners can read the sample text comfortable, they should click ’Begin Course’. If they cannot, they should change the preferences until they can.

The objective of the assessments is to evaluate the learner’s knowledge on touch typing theory and practical touch typing proficiency.

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

Each assessment consists of a Theory Assessment and a Typing Test.

Theory Assessment -

Level 1 - 35 minutes duration (16 questions - MCQ & T/F format)

Level 2 - 55 minutes duration (24 questions - MCQ, T/F & Short scenario format)

Correct posture whilst sitting at a computer

Touch typing technique

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

Workstation set up and care (Level 2 only)

Once the theory assessment is activated, the timer will begin. An on-screen notification will appear 5 minutes prior to the end. (Revision notes are supplied with all assessments.)

Typing Test - Level 1 and Level 2 - three minute duration, recording speed and accuracy. The timer will only begin once typing commences. (A practice test is available in all assessments.)

An Open Awards Ofqual regulated qualification will be awarded if candidates achieve:

Level 1 (4 Credits)

Words/minute – 25

Accuracy – 85%

Theory Assessment – 50%

Level 2 (6 Credits)

Words/minute – 35

Accuracy – 85%

Theory Assessment – 50%

Candidates will be allowed three attempts for each module. Should they be unsuccessful on their first attempt, a minimum period of 14 days is required for reflection, revision and practice

Invigilated environments will be overseen by an invigilator

Individuals being remotely invigilated will be recorded via webcam facilities. All footage will be deleted from the secure KAZ server after verification and within a two week period

Once the first module is successfully completed, it will ‘grey out’. Access will be sealed and candidates will not be able to enter the module again. They should then progress on to the second module. Should they be successful, that module will also ‘grey out’. In all instances they will be notified as to a ‘Success’ or ‘Fail’. It does not matter which module is taken first. All results will be updated to the KAZ server and ‘administrators’ panel’ in real time

On successfully passing both modules, candidates will automatically receive an online congratulatory message. Once verified by Open Awards (up to 14 days), an Ofqual regulated digital certificate confirming the qualification will be:
Remotely invigilated individuals - emailed directly Invigilated environments - uploaded to admin panels for administrators to either print or email on to candidates This process may take up to 28 days, as it is dependent on Open Awards’ processing department Hard copy certificates must be requested by email and paid for in advance. Please email the KAZ team for more information regarding costs

Where unique learner numbers have been submitted, the qualification will show on candidates’ education records

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between ‘Training Course & Assessment’ and ‘Assessment Only’?

The 'Training Course & Assessment’ option includes the KAZ’s touch typing training software and the assessment. It is suitable for learners who want to learn to touch type first and then validate their learning with a national awarding body.

The ‘Assessment Only' option consists of just the assessment plus additional revision notes. It is designed for individuals who can already touch type but wish to validate their skill with a national awarding body.

Used by: Educational establishments, training centres, job centres, IT skills programs and as part of training/CPD development.

This course is available for funding - check your skills funding agency.

Are there any entry requirements?

No - anyone can sit both the Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications. However, if you have no prior touch typing experience, we suggest you purchase the ‘Training Course & Assessment’ option.

I can already touch type. Can I just take the test?

Yes, if you can already touch type, simply select the ‘Assessment Only’ option.

How many attempts do I get?

Three in total.

What will I receive if I pass?

Individual purchases - once candidate I.D. and webcam footage are verified, all successful candidates will receive an Ofqual regulated digital certificate from the provider, OpenAwards.

Invigilated environments - once KAZ has been notified by the testing centre of candidate outcomes, all candidate data will be entered to the Open Awards platform, which upon verification, will result in the awarding of digital certificates.

Should you require a hard copy certificate, please note there will be an extra charge. Please email the KAZ team for pricing and details.

Why do you need to verify my data?

This is a national Ofqual regulated qualification and will be added to your education record. Ofqual requires verification of candidate identity whilst taking the assessment.

Invigilated environments - Centre invigilators will be responsible for verifying ID.

Remote invigilation for individuals - Webcam footage and photo ID. will be used for verification. All footage will be kept for a maximum of 14 days, after which it will automatically delete from our servers.

Where is my data held?

All data is held on our secure server in the UK. Read our data protection policy. We are members of ico.org.uk and follow their published guidelines.

What do I need for my remote assessment?

You must have the following:

A webcam and microphone

A computer or laptop with a ‘QWERTY’ keyboard

A good internet connection

A private room where you will not be interrupted

Is there a minimum age limit?

For invigilated environments -NO

For remote invigilation -16 years +

How long do I need to wait for my certificate?

On successful completion of your assessment, Open Awards will issue your digital certificate within 28 days.

How long does my assessment licence last for?

Individuals - There is a one-year time limit from the date of purchase. Should this expire, the test will be lost. We are unable to refund fees once learners are registered with Open Awards.

Sub-centres - will be assigned a licence/test site number. Contact the KAZ team to increase your licence as required. Unused licences will not expire. However, once learners are registered with Open Awards, it will not be possible to change the learner name or attribute the licence to a different learner. The licence will be lost.

What if I fail all attempts?

You will need to re-register and buy a new licence.

Any other questions?

Please email the KAZ team: qualification@kaz-type.com

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