The Challenge

The Challenge is a confidential and informal website which helps you to assess your numeracy, learn everyday maths, gain confidence. and work towards getting the Essentials of Numeracy – the basic skills which you need in daily life and the workplace.

How it works

Click the ‘Take the Challenge’ button to get started and register your details. Don’t worry – these are kept private! You’ll then be asked six short questions so that we can understand how you feel about maths.

Step by step guide

  1. Take the Check-Up. This is a set of questions which helps you find out the overall numeracy level you’re working at, as well as your strengths and weaknesses. It usually takes 20 to 40 minutes, but you can take as long as you need. You can log out and come back to it too. If you score 80 or more, then you’ve already got the Essentials of Numeracy and you can print a certificate or claim a digital badge.
  2. Get a target. If you score 79 or less, then you’ll get a target to work towards.
  3. Learn. The Challenge then directs you to the right learning resources for you. Take your time, visit the resources and learn everyday maths online at your own pace.
  4. Retake the Check-Up. When you feel ready, re-take the Check-Up to see if you have reached your target yet.

Learning Maths Elsewhere

Rather than learning maths online, maybe you’d like to do a maths course elsewhere. The Challenge can help you get ready for this too. After taking the Check-Up, you can print out the list of topics that you might need help with and then show these to your tutor.

What is National Numeracy?

National Numeracy is an independent charity that aims to improve numeracy in the UK. Our main initiative is the National Numeracy Challenge, a drive to tackle the major issue of low adult numeracy in the UK.

Registered Charity Number: 1145669