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The Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) Assessments

The Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WPLN) assessments are computer-delivered English language literacy and numeracy assessments developed by the British Council, in collaboration with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). They are used to assess English language literacy in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, and Numeracy ability.

They are not single level tests, but instead they include a range of questions designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their best ability. They cover a broad range of English language functions, which reflect the flexibility of language use required in workplaces and provide a foundation for entry to skill development opportunities.

You can take a different combination of the following five components of the WPLN Assessments

  • Reading               (35 minutes)
  • Listening              (40 minutes)
  • Speaking             (12 minutes)
  • Writing                 (50 minutes)
  • Numeracy            (75 minutes)

There is also a Grammar and Vocabulary component (25 minutes) that is mandatory for the Literacy components (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing).

The WPLN assessments are computer-based. We provide assistance to participants with little or no computer skills. For candidates with special needs, a pen-and-paper option is available.

Preparing for the WPLN Assessment

WPLN Familiarisation Tests

The WPLN Familiarisation Tests have been created to help you experience and prepare for the actual WPLN Assessments. They cover all four English skills – speaking, writing, reading and listening – with grammar and vocabulary as the core components, as well as the numeracy test. As examples of tests, they will show you what types of questions to expect and how much time you should spend on each task. 

You won’t get results after completing these tests, but they will give you an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the different parts and the format of the new assessments, including task types and response formats.

Click on the individual link below to access a familiarisation test:

Literacy Familiarisation - Speaking
Literacy Familiarisation - Listening
Literacy Familiarisation - Writing
Literacy Familiarisation - Reading
Literacy Familiarisation - Grammar & Vocabulary
Numeracy Familiarisation

Candidate Guide

This Candidate Guide has been created to help you prepare for the WPLN Assessments. It covers all four English skills – speaking, writing, reading and listening – with grammar and vocabulary as the core component, as well as the numeracy test. The Candidate Guide describes the tests, shows example questions, explains how the tests are marked and gives tips on how to prepare for the test. 

WPLN Assessment dates, fees and locations

WPLN Assessment locations

You can take the WPLN assessments from Thursday, 2 January 2020 at:

British Council (Napier Road Centre)

30 Napier Road

Singapore 258509

Telephone: +65 6807 1599

Additional test locations will be announced soon.

WPLN Assessment Fees

Assessment Fees excluding GST
SCs/PRs (*subsidised) Foreigners (non-subsidised)
Reading $4.00* $40.00
Listening $4.00* $40.00
Speaking $4.00* $40.00
Writing $4.00* $40.00
Numeracy $4.00* $40.00

Assessment dates

Test dates will be available here soon.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Who can take the WPLN?

  • Anyone aged 16 or above
  • Minimum understanding of English Language: Ability to write name and simple words and phrases in English.
  • For individuals taking WPLN assessments in order to enter National Institute of Technical Education Certificate courses offered by Institute of Technical Education (ITE), minimum age of 18 years old for females and 20 years old for males (after serving National Service)

Who is eligible to take the WPLN assessments and to qualify for the subsidised assessment fees?

  • Singaporeans/Singapore Permanent Residents;
  • Anyone 16 years and above;
  • If not taking the assessments within the 90-day lockout period; and
  • Individuals taking WPLN assessments in order to enter National Institute of Technical Education Certificate courses offered by Institute of Technical Education (ITE), minimum age of 18 years old for females and 20 years old for males (after serving National Service)

How can I pay for the WPLN assessment?

The available modes of payment are Credit Card/Debit Card/eNets. SkillsFuture Credits will be available as a mode of payment from 1 February 2020. Please contact the British Council Customer Management team, if you require assistance for making the online payment by phone, email or in person at British Council (Napier Road Centre)

How is the WPLN structured?

Please refer to the Candidate Guide for information about the test. This helps candidates prepare for the tests and has an overview of the tests and each component is described in detail. You’ll find advice on how to prepare for the tests, as well as information on how the test is marked.

How is the WPLN Assessment Scored?

Speaking and Writing skills are scored by human examiners. All other skills are scored automatically.

How are WPLN results reported?

The test results are reported on a numerical scale (0 - 50) and their corresponding WPLN proficiency levels.

You will receive a Candidate Report from the British Council with results for each component you have attempted The number of results on your report depends on the number of components that you have taken. .

When will WPLN test takers be able to view their results?

All WPLN assessment results will be available through the registration and payment system within 5 days of the tests being completed.

What is the Core Grammar and Vocabulary component? Is it compulsory?

The Core Grammar and Vocabulary test gives candidates a score out of 50 for their grammar and vocabulary proficiency. The component is compulsory, and has to be taken by the individual taking a literacy assessment, regardless of the number of literacy skills assessments he/she is sitting for.

Can my WPLN Assessment score be used outside Singapore?

No, WPLN Assessments can only be used in Singapore. However, your WPL scale score (see your certificate) has been linked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR is a language proficiency framework which is used around the world (see www.coe.int for more information).

The number in each cell is the minimum WPL scale score required to be classified in that CEFR level for that skill (test component). There are no CEFR levels for Grammar and Vocabulary.  

 WPL CEFR Cutscores

Component

A1

A2

B1

B2

C

Listening

8 16 24 34 42

Reading

8 16 26 38 46

Writing

6 18 26 40 48

Speaking

4 16 26 41 48

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