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For over a decade p.Metrics and the Sherwood Ability Screen has helped staff like you tasked with initial assessment of literacy, numeracy and ICT.

Our test series consists of short, centrally managed, web-delivered tests that help you assess core skills in around 15 minutes. They cover all levels and are used for Functional Skills, Skills for Life and Key Skills. Quickly screen the whole of your intake!


Computer-scored reports quickly enable you to see how a learner is performing against nationally recognised standards and others on the same course. Questions are based on the latest DfE and Ofqual criteria for Functional and Key Skills and cover all ability levels.

Our tests offer you a secure, cost effective norm-based solution for the initial assessment of large groups and start at just 495 with onsite installation and training included*


Sherwood tests are based on sound psychometric principles developed by Chartered Psychologists working with specialists in education.

Comparative norm-based reports quickly enable you to see how a learner is performing against nationally recognised levels and others on the same course. Easily compare a learner, or group, against higher or lower ability levels without the need to retest.


Let us help you make early and informed judgments to ensure valuable resources are targeted effectively.


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p.Metrics Ltd is an internationally respected British company specialising in high quality computer-based assessment materials. Our key test for colleges and training providers is the Sherwood Ability Screen (SAS) which is used for large scale initial assessment of literacy and numeracy.

Founded in 1995 by a team of Chartered Psychologists specialising in assessment within the education sector we have worked with many government departments in advisory roles and as a development partner within the UK and across the EU.


Image of a member of staff at Halesowen CollegeHalesowen College


1,700 learners tested during two induction days. Another 150 additional students tested later in the year.

“We found the Sherwood Ability Screen very robust and easy to use and were very impressed with the ability to get the results so quickly. Student satisfaction questionnaires indicated that they enjoyed the process!”
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Image of a member of staff at Bucks New UniversityBuckinghamshire New University


Assessed 374 students 30 at a time over three days at two campuses. Another 100 tested later in term.

“We found the SAS to be rapid and useful and where impressed by the consistency of results over time. Group reports are good for group tutors to see the spread of ability at a glance.”
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Image of a member of staff at Hereford Sixth Form CollegeHereford Sixth Form College


Tested 950 over five days running about 20-60 simultaneously in three or four locations.

“IT staff have had no problems that I know of and the SQL database is an improvement on the old system. We found the SAS was easy to administer - before the SAS we used bksb.”
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Image of a member of staff at Newbury CollegeNewbury College


600+ learners tested. Around 200 per week tested during early September.

“In previous years we have used the ALBSU test with all full-time students. By literally working 24 hour shifts we managed to turn results around in four or so weeks. The SAS is much faster by comparison.”
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