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 whenever Literacy components (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) are taken.

This Candidate Short 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 Short Guide describes the tests, shows example questions, explains how the tests are marked and gives tips on how to prepare for the test. You may also refer to our full version Candidate Guide for more detailed explanation. 

The WPLN assessments are computer-based. We provide assistance to participants with little or no computer skills. For candidates with special needs, please contact our dedicated customer service for more information.