Measuring your Essential Digital Skills

There are three checkups to allow you to measure your digital skills

They should take no longer than ten minutes to complete. When you are finished you can choose to have your results emailed to you. If you do, please enter your email address in the box provided on the results page.

1. Foundation Skills

We encourage you to start with the Foundation skills checkup as these skills are the building blocks to develop your Essential Digital Skills from and will give you the confidence to move from device to device.

At the end, you will either be prompted to move to the Life skills checkup, or you will be provided with some resources to support you further.

2. Life Skills

The Life Skills checkup will cover the Essential Digital Skills you need for every day life online, for example, being able to use passwords safely or using social media responsibly.

The checkup is based on the sections of the Essential Digital Skills Framework: Communicating, Handling Information and Content, Transacting and Problem Solving, which are underpinned by Being Safe and Legal Online.

3. Work Skills

Work Skills are the digital skills you need to be able to do your job. We appreciate this may not be relevant to all job roles and not everyone is in employment, however if this applies to you and you would like to measure your Essential Digital Skills for the Workplace then you can complete the checkup here.

The work skills checkup can be completed independently from the Foundation and Life skills checklists, however, if you haven't completed them before, we recommend doing these as well.

Key skills


The skills required to communicate, collaborate, and share information i.e. using email or social media to communicate with friends, family or colleagues.


The skills required to register and apply for services, buy and sell goods and services, and administer and manage transactions online i.e. using online banking or shopping online.

Handling information & content

The skills required to find, manage and store digital information and content securely i.e. saving your personal photos and videos online or using a ‘cloud’ service such as Microsoft 365 to create, share and collaborate with colleagues at work.

Problem solving

The skills required to find solutions to problems using digital tools and online services i.e. ‘Googling’ or using YouTube to find an answer or learn how to fix a problem.

Being safe, legal, and confident online

The skills required to stay safe, legal and confident online i.e. being able to use safe and strong passwords to keep your personal information secure online.