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It's Checktember

You don’t have to resit your Maths GCSE to find out your current numeracy level. There is a free online service provided by charity National Numeracy to help you.

 

Check your skills

Why should you check your skills?

This month, Checktember, we are encouraging everyone to find out how their number skills measure up.

1 in 4 people are put off from applying for a job if it involves numbers, but you don't need to be one of them.

Knowing where you are is a starting point, and from there we'll show you how to improve. 

 

Take The Challenge

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

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Your results explained
You will receive a breakdown of how you did in the 5 areas of numeracy and tips on how to improve using our learning pages.

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Available on mobile
Take the Challenge on the go - doing as little as 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.

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Putting you at ease

The Challenge was created to help you and guide you on your journey to improve your numeracy. Here are some of the reasons why it's so easy to use and so useful. 

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Multiple choice answers
​​​​​​Each question is multiple choice and uses examples of everyday maths.

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No timer
There's no timer or progress bar so you can take your time to think.

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Adapts to you
The questions adapt to you and only step up when you're ready.

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Save your progress
Take it at your own pace, have a break and come back whenever you need to.

Who we are

We are National Numeracy, a charity set up in 2012 to raise the levels of numeracy in the UK among both adults and children. The Government's 2011 Skills for Life report found that 49% of adults in the UK have the numeracy expected of primary school children, we want to change this. Our online Challenge is a free, confidential way for adults to test and improve their numeracy. 

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People we have helped

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Tony, 32
Manager

“I think that it's like doing exercise, if you don't do it for a long time it's hard when you start again, and it's the same for maths.”

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Ann, 27
Teacher

“I can now teach my learners in the best way possible because I can see it from their point of view"

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Rachel, 32
Accountant

“It's no exaggeration when I say that it has been, potentially, life-changing."

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Adrian, 28
Site Supervisor

“The Challenge has really built my confidence and I hope that my new-found positivity will continue, pushing me from strength to strength."

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Tony, 32
Manager

“I think that it's like doing exercise, if you don't do it for a long time it's hard when you start again, and it's the same for maths.”

Still not convinced numeracy is for you?

Watch this video and see if our celebrity ambassador Rachel Riley can persuade you.