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Improving numeracy with Harlow college

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Take The Challenge

The Challenge Online is an adaptive, interactive web-based learning tool designed to help you improve your everyday maths skills in manageable steps, whilst building your confidence along the way.

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Your results explained
You will receive a breakdown of how you did in the 5 areas of numeracy and tips on how to improve using our learning pages.

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Available on mobile
Take the Challenge on the go - doing as little as 10 minutes a day can make a huge difference.

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Get the Essentials 
See if you have the Essentials of Numeracy. Gaining our online certification shows that you have a good level of numeracy. 

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Putting you at ease

The Challenge was created to help you and guide you on your journey to improve your numeracy. Here are some of the reasons why it's so easy to use and so useful.

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Multiple choice answers
​​​​​​Each question is multiple choice and uses examples of everyday maths.

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No timer
There's no timer or progress bar so you can take your time to think.

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Adapts to you
The questions adapt to you and only step up when you're ready.


Save your progress
Take it at your own pace, have a break and come back whenever you need to.

Rachel's story

"I've had a successful career and I'm currently a senior manager in the Civil Service. I have to regularly make complex decisions, put together budgets, interpret data and work out performance targets. However, I've struggled with numeracy all my life.

It's been my Achilles heel, so I've just put it to one side and focused on other strengths. However, I felt the time was right to brush up on my number skills. I stumbled across the Challenge website whilst browsing through a brochure for adult learning courses.

It's no exaggeration when I say that it has been, potentially, life-changing. I am highly motivated to learn and completely appreciate the importance and value of numeracy."

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