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:
- Snapshot Reading and Numeracy Indicator (SRNI) for Cert 1-3
- Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) for Cert 4 and above
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. The Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) can be used to undertake that assessment.
Snapshot Reading and Numeracy Indicator (SRNI)
The ‘Snapshot Reading and Numeracy indicator (SRNI)’ tool is designed to gauge literacy and numeracy skills to assist Vocational programs develop a training program that will support students in their learning. The SRNI is a short 10 – 15 minute online activity that requires students to provide responses to short examples relating to reading (literacy) and maths (numeracy).
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.
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.
- If you require CSPA as part of Course Admissions Requirements, bookings can be made through the TAFE SA Infoline, free call 1800 882 661.
- 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 on the TAFE SA Infoline when you phone to book into a session.
Previous STAT results and previous TABS scores can no longer be used in the assessment of current applications.
Finding out Results
Results will be emailed to applicants within five working days after the sitting.