When you apply for a course at TasTAFE, you may be required to provide evidence of your previous schooling or qualifications to ensure that you have the level of literacy and numeracy skills you need to successfully complete your chosen course.
If you don’t have that evidence to apply for your course, that’s ok – you’ll just need to undertake an online literacy and numeracy assessment.
The Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) is an approved online assessment tool which will give you a level for your English (literacy) and Maths (numeracy) levels, and can also help to identify any skill gaps or areas that you might need additional support in.
The bksb assessment takes between 30 and 60 minutes per assessment (1 for English and 1 for maths) and will give you a rating that is aligned to the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).
Who needs to complete a bksb?
Some courses require all potential applicants to take the bksb and achieve a certain ACSF level of literacy and numeracy to be offered a place.
For VET Student Loan applicants , the bksb will also be a requirement if you don’t have a high school certificate, International Baccalaureate, or a Certificate IV qualification or higher. You will need to achieve Exit Level 3 (working at Level 4) in the ACSF for both of the literacy and numeracy skills assessments.
For most other courses, you will be given access to bksb as part of your induction. This will help identify if you need extra support as you go about your course.