All students entering training intending to use WorkReady funding and/or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory literacy and numeracy skills prior to registration.

Please note: School-based apprentices/trainees, TGSS and ICAN students are not required to undertake Reading, Writing and Numeracy skills indicators with TAFE SA, as this forms part of the schools’ obligations.


WorkReady requirements stipulate that clients must be assessed up front for literacy and numeracy using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).

VET Student Loans

As part of the suite of reforms related to the use of the VET Student Loans scheme by Registered Training Organisations, as announced by the Federal Department of Education on 8 December 2015, new regulations specifies that to access VET Student Loans, applicants must display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy OR Australian Year 12 OR a Certificate IV or higher instructed in English. The Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) can be used to demonstrate competence in reading and numeracy where this is required.

Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA)

The CSPA is a tool designed to indicate reading, writing and numeracy/maths skills.

An hour and a half is allowed: 30 minutes for each section. Each section is explained in further detail below.

Some qualifications require CSPA as part of Course Admissions Requirements, when applying for a place at TAFE SA.

Qualifications funded under WorkReady require students to meet specific exit levels in CSPA.

  • Certificate II and III qualifications require an exit level of 2 in reading and numeracy
  • Certificate IV and above require an exit level of 3 in reading and numeracy and 2 in writing
  • Or a higher minimum level as defined within a Training Package.

Where minimum exit levels are not met students will have access to a foundation skills course or foundation skills bridging units.

Section 1: Reading

The reading component involves multiple choice and some text entry questions. This section asks you to:

  • recognise the correct spelling, meanings and grammatical use of commonly used words.
  • read a short passage and demonstrate your understanding of it by answering the accompanying questions.
  • read and interpret information from tables, charts and other sources.

Section 2: Writing

The writing component has two question prompts with extended text entry fields for you to type your answers. This section looks at areas such as audience, purpose, vocabulary, grammatical structure, language choices, sentence structure, spelling and punctuation.

Section 3: Numeracy

The numeracy component involves multiple choice and numerical entry questions, covering areas in basic numeracy which arise in normal day-to-day life. The questions involve basic operations on whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percentages and simple graphical interpretations, with higher level indicators for problem solving, numbers and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.

There is an in-built calculator in the numeracy section.

Support available for Applicants/Students with a Disability/ Medical Condition

If you have a verified disability/ medical condition and require additional support to undertake the SRNI or CSPA, please contact Student Services prior to booking into a session. To be eligible for additional support you must verify your disability/ medical condition by providing Student Services with medical documentation and discussing your needs.

Important Information

  • If you require CSPA as part of Course Admissions Requirements, bookings can be made by calling TAFE SA on 08 8417 0501.
  • Participants must arrive in time to find parking, sign-in and provide ID. Those that arrive after the nominated start time may not be admitted.
  • Applicants must show photographic ID or two other pieces of ID at the session. Each applicant's SATAC TAFE reference number must be recorded at the session.
  • Please note, practice questions are not available, however practice questions will be available during your session.
  • If you have any special requirements to complete the CSPA please tell the staff member when you phone to book into a session.
  • Please note, if you do not score the required levels to receive an offer to your course, CSPA cannot be undertaken again for a period of 3 months. You will be referred to foundation studies to improve your scores when you next sit CSPA.

Previous Results

Previous TABS scores can no longer be used in the assessment of current applications. Previous STAT results can only be used in the assessment of Higher Education applications.

Finding out Results

Results will be emailed to applicants within five working days after the sitting.