SmartVLE comes to you with a range of resources out of the box ready for you to use. 

These include Functional Skills English, maths and ICT questions, assessments and resources as well as a VAK learning style questionnaire and core competencies assessments. 

For English and maths, there are a range of initial assessments for you to use with your candidates so that you can have full control over how you manage their induction process. The ICT initial assessment links to the full diagnostic assessment.

This initial assessment is not linked to any diagnostic assessments, allowing you to consider other factors like APL before setting the learner their diagnostic level. This also allows you to send the diagnostics to the learner once they are a Smart Assessor learner so that the learning profile created from the diagnostic assessment sits in the evidence library – why not include the diagnostics in course builder so that this process is automated once the learner is registered to that course

This initial assessment is linked to unit-based diagnostics; using numbers and the number system; using measures, shape and space; and handling information and data for maths; and reading; spelling, punctuation and grammar; and writing composition for English. These are automatically assigned to the learner on completion of the initial assessment based on their overall result. 

This initial assessment is linked to a full diagnostic in the subject that the initial assessment has been completed for. 

These are automatically assigned to the learner on completion of the initial assessment based on their overall result. 

It is important that your SA settings (see Settings user guide) are set to the initial assessment that your organisation chooses to use so that the initial assessments results are populated in the learner’s profile area in Smart Assessor when the records are merged. 

If a candidate is applying to your training centre and is not yet a Smart Assessor user, they can be created as a participant (see User Management user guide) and you can send them the initial assessment direct from SmartVLE (see Creating and Sending an Assessment user guide). 

The initial assessment result will give you a spiky profile to show you what level the learner is working towards in each unit with an overall level that the learner is working towards in that subject. 

If you have selected an initial assessment with automatic assignment of diagnostics, these will be automatically assigned to the learner as long as they have come out with a definite overall level that they are working towards. If the system is unable to calculate an overall level due to the range of results achieved by the learner, the results message will suggest that they work with their assessor to agree an appropriate diagnostic level for them. This must be assigned manually. 

Once your learner has completed their diagnostic assessment, a learning profile will be created, this shows a breakdown of their results per criteria, the resources that have been assigned to them and their progress.

All resources included with Functional Skills are self-marking SCORM resources. They have knowledge check questions at the end of the resource and the learner must get these correct for the resource to be marked as complete. When the resource has been completed, the progress in learning will reflect this. The progress on the learning profile is updated automatically as the learner works through the resources made available to them. 

Details on how to view assessments results can be found in the Viewing Assessment Results user guide. 

You can also run reports and filter them by user group so that you can view the assessment results for a group of learners, details on how to do this can be found in the Reports user guide. 

Also included out of the box is a VAK learning style assessment.

When completed, the learner will be informed which learning style is their strongest with some hints and tips on how they can use this information to support their learning. 

There are 22 core competence assessments available:


  • Accountability 
  • Client Service Orientation 
  • Composure 
  • Concern for order and quality 
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Developing Others 
  • Flexibility 
  • Goal Setting 
  • Impact and Influence 
  • Information Seeking 
  • Integrity 
  • Listening 
  • Planning 
  • Problem Solving 
  • Self Confidence 
  • Self-Control 
  • Self-Development 
  • Sharing of Expertise 
  • Strategic Perspective 
  • Sustaining functional, technical and organisational proficiency 
  • Team Leadership 
  • Team Work and Cooperation


Each assessment comprises of 10 questions with a pass mark of 70%. You can use these assessments throughout the learning programme to support your learners’ development.