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|
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
Telephone: +65 6807 1599
Additional test locations will be announced soon.
WPLN Assessment Fees
|Assessment||Fees excluding GST|
|SCs/PRs (*subsidised)||Foreigners (non-subsidised)|
Test dates will be available here soon.