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Important information regarding literacy

All Fastrack students are required to show a level of competency in written English. This will be determined either by proof of an existing qualification or, if you are successful in your interview, through sitting the Fastrack literacy test.

Providing proof of qualifications

If you already hold and have access to the certificates for a relevant qualification please scan or take a picture of them and send them to, prior to your interview.

Relevant qualifications include:

  • Level 2 Literacy
  • GCSE English / English Language grade C (4)

If you are successful in your interview and have not provided adequate verification you will need to sit the Fastrack Interview Literacy Test.

During the test, you will need to be able to work undisturbed. The test should take no longer than one hour, but we will allow up to two hours for any additional requirements or technical issues you experience.

You will be required to use a laptop or PC with Microsoft Word and access to email. If you do not have this, you can hand write your answers, take a picture of your work and email it to us within the given time frame.

How the test will work

To begin your test:

You will receive two emails. One with test instructions and a separate one with an individual link to the test questions. Please do not use the link until you are ready to take the test. Your link is time stamped and the two hours you must complete the test will start from the moment you click the link.

The test is completed in this way on the basis of trust that it is your own work. You are welcome to use the functions of Microsoft Word such as spell check. You are also able to use the internet. Submitted answers will be checked to ensure that they do not contain text that has been copied from other sources.

It is important that you complete this test on your own so that we have a true representation of your literacy skills. The Fastrack Programme is an intensive programme of study and applicants are required to be able to demonstrate that they are able to study effectively at this level.

Revising for the test

There are no formal revision materials for this test. However, you may find materials linked to Level 2 literacy useful.

You will be tested on your reading ability through a selection of multiple-choice questions around grammar, spelling and sentence formation.

You will also be required to write around three paragraphs of text on a topical subject that will be given to you in the test.

Additional requirements

Please be aware that the timing allowed for this test has been created to allow for additional requirements.

If you require a different format for this test, please email You will be required to provide evidence, such as an educational support plan.

As the test requires you to demonstrate a competency in English, no additional allowances will be made based on English as a second language.