In order to gain the Essential Communication Skills at Level 1 to Level 3, learners must demonstrate their skills in both a controlled task and a short confirmatory test.

The controlled tasks are pre- set and available in a variety of contexts.  There is an opportunity for centres to create their own controlled tasks, particularly for learners working within a specific industry or sector. If you would like more information on creating controlled tasks for your sector/centre please contact Judith Archer

Candidates will be given a limited time to complete the tasks and confirmatory tests according to the level:


Controlled Task

Confirmatory Test


4 hours

30 minutes


5 hours

45 minutes


8 hours

60 minutes

The Essential Skills Wales Qualification Handbook provides details on how the tasks and tests are to be administered

Sample controlled tasks are available here.

Sample confirmatory tests are available here.

These sample assessment materials have been developed jointly by the four Essential Skills awarding bodies (Agored Cymru, City & Guilds, Pearson and WJEC).

For further details, and to add the qualifications to your framework, follow the links below.

Agored Cymru Level 2 Essential Communication Skills C00/0745/7
Agored Cymru Level 3 Essential Communication Skills C00/0745/8
Agored Cymru Level 1 Essential Communication Skills C00/0745/6