I was reading up on these Level 2 functional skills tests. Just to find out what they involved. Part of this seems to test the user can use a thesaurus.
I decided to see if the thesaurus in Libreoffice worked. As I am using Linux Mint 17.2 then the version I am using is
Build ID: 40m0(Build:2)
Entering a word and trying to pull up the thesaurus failed. So I did some digging around on forums, and found the following which seems to provide a fix
Specifically if you scroll down to the section that says 4 answers, the first one has a rating of 12 *
following the instructions has fixed the issue.
From a techy perspective I can cope with this fix. However from a non techie viewpoint aka average user they SHOULD NOT have to do this. Anyway there is a fix here at least. Perhaps this can be installed by default, or that fix can be added to a install script for Libreoffice under mint.
(*correct at the time of writing this)
Hopefully this is useful to someone.