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Assessing reading, numeracy and writing

Information about the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA)

Training providers must assess reading, numeracy and writing capabilities using the online ACER Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) assessment tool, in accordance with the requirements established by Skills SA for the learner’s subsidised qualification of choice.

To determine these requirements, training providers must refer to the UAN foundation skills assessment requirements, which identifies the reading, numeracy and writing assessment/s required and the Australian Core Skills Framework Level (ACSF) exit level/s that must be met for entry into each subsidised qualification.

UAN foundation skills assessment

UAN foundation skills assessment requirements list each subsidised course and identifies what reading, writing and numeracy capabilities must be assessed and the minimum Australian Core Skills Framework exit level for each.

These requirements have been identified through mapping that details the inherent reading, numeracy and writing requirements for each subsidised course. Mapping provides practical descriptions of how these capabilities are applied in the context of the course itself and in the training and assessment activities.

Understanding and using the CSPA assessment tool

Training providers must use the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) to assess reading, numeracy and writing in accordance with the UAN foundation skills assessment requirements and the UAN Guidelines.

Access to the CSPA is provided at no expense under the Department’s licence to training providers:

  • with an FAA
  • who have completed training in the use of the CSPA with a UAN mentor.

Practice assessment

A practice assessment is available for adults or school students to download themselves so they can experience and complete a mini assessment of their reading and numeracy skills.

The link will enable them to register their own unique email address and be sent a link to access it. If they do not receive the link within 15 minutes they should check their ‘junk’ folders in their email inbox.

At the end of the 6 reading and 6 numeracy questions they will be able to see online what they answered correctly or incorrectly and can go back and re-read the question.

There is also an option to restart the practice assessment if they wish to try again before they exit.

Once they exit the practice assessment they will not be able to use the link they received again and will need to re-register with a different unique email address.

Need help? Contact a UAN mentor

A UAN mentor will be able to assist you with any questions.