Here at the Leicester Tutors, our main goal is to help those who aim to take their Functional Skills English Exam. One way we do this is to provide information on the multitude of different resources that you have at your disposal, as well as how to use them effectively. 


About Past Papers

Past Papers are based on Exams people have taken previously,, and can be found on many different websites. We heavily recommend going to the site Pass Functional Skills, where they have many different Functional Skills Level 2 English Past Papers. We recommend this site as it has an extensive archive of different Past Papers from different exam boards. While you can go to other sites to find English Past Papers, please take into consideration that the English exam was reformed in 2019, so any papers from before then will be inaccurate.


How to use them

We advise taking the Past Papers in exam conditions:

  • Timed
  • Only you in the room
  • No notes/resources
  • No access to the internet
  • No communicating with anyone
  • And no mobile phone!

This helps mimic what the actual exam will be like, giving you invaluable experience on what it’s like to take the exam. The papers also come with their own marking scheme, so you can mark your own Past Papers, you you can see exactly which subjects you got wrong,


A warning about using the Past Papers

While you would probably want to start using the Functional Skills Level 2 Past Papers straight away, we heavily recommend waiting until you have a firm grasp of the subject matter. This is because you could quickly become discouraged if you fail the Past Papers (remember they are just as hard as the one you will be taking!). 


How we can help!

We can provide you with an overview of how to use them effectively, as well as assistance on the grading of the Papers. We can then go through what you went wrong with, and show you how to improve.