Initial assessments

Before you embark on a new course, you may need to undertake an initial assessment to work out what level you are working at, and a diagnostic assessment will look at your development needs in English and Maths. These assessments can now be accessed by blind and partially sighted people.

Accessible assessments for people who are blind or partially sighted

English and mathematics assessments are often part of the induction process in many specialist colleges, further education colleges and work-based learning environments. An initial assessment will gauge what level you are working at and a diagnostic assessment will look at your development needs in English and maths.

Before you embark on a new course, you may need to undertake one of these assessments.

In the past these assessments were not suitable for blind and partially sighted people. However, Action for Blind People have developed a fully accessible online initial assessment toolkit for English and Maths.

The Skills In-Sight toolkit is designed to allow blind and partially sighted people to demonstrate their abilities, in order to gain access to education and qualifications, and provide the opportunity to prove their abilities to potential employers.

To use the free toolkit, speak to the support team at the college or training provider, or the Human Resources department if you want to use it as part of an employment assessment. If they require more information they can visit the Skills In-Sight section of Action for Blind People's website.

Specialist colleges

A specialist college for people with disabilities such as RNIB College Loughborough will assess any applicant thoroughly using its specialist staff in order to best decide how to meet what may be a range of complex needs. This will take at least a day and may involve an overnight stay.