What is CSPA Test?

Featured News: November 13, 2018

As per the Australian Government, it is mandatory for all the Registered Training Organisations (RTO) to confirm that the students are adequately skilled to complete the course before enrolment and eligible to get subsidised fees assistance.

Therefore, all applicants applying for WorkReady subsidised funding are required to undertake a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) assessment. The Australian Council of Education Research (ACER) facilitates this assessment and it is performed online. 

What is a CSPA?

The Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) Test is an online language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) assessment tool designed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The tool is used to assess reading, writing, and numeracy skills of the student applying to enrol in a vocational or foundation skills course.

The students that pass the test with the minimum entry criteria can only be enroled for the course whereas students who are unsuccessful in passing the CSPA, will have their application cancelled. They can still re-apply CSPA test in the future.

Why is the pre-assessment required?

It is required to make sure that the students are able to express, understand and complete the course studies in English Language. Many qualifications require CSPA as part of Course Admissions.

CSPA may also be used to determine your academic suitability for VET Student Loans and more. 


How to Prepare and Assess Yourself for the Test?

The CSPA assessment is conducted online, and it will be used to measure your reading, writing, and numeracy skills. You will get 25 questions to answer for each section. When you complete the test, you will get automatically scored.

Section 1: Reading

The reading component includes multiple choices and some text entry questions. This section tests your knowledge about spelling, grammar and your ability to read a short passage and interpret information from tables, charts and other sources.

Section 2: Writing

This section assesses areas such as audience, purpose, vocabulary, grammatical structure, language choices, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation.

Section 3: Numeracy

The CSPA numeracy assessment tests the basic mathematical knowledge.

It is essential to brush up your reading, writing, and numeracy skills to pass these tests. You will find many websites that will help you sharpen your literary concepts, if not then conduct an online search, or you can get in touch with the local library. 

The Course Advisor or an Enrolment Officer at the RTO can guide you on how online assessment process works, how to navigate pages, how to respond and answer questions, and more. The CSPA "Practice assessment" allows a learner to understand how the system works before the actual assessments take place. For more information, you can visit https://www.acer.org/cspa/faqs.

The Key Takeaway

As you can see, The CSPA test is significant to get an entry in vocational courses.

At Enable College, all the students looking to secure WorkReady funding for enroling in our Certificate or Diploma courses are required to complete CSPA assessment so that they are confident to complete the course smoothly.

Contact us https://www.enablecollege.edu.au/contact/ if you need further information on CSPA and to know more about our different courses!

If interested, to apply for one of WorkReady subsidised course - Childcare, Individual Support - Ageing, Disability, or Mental Health then share your contact below to book an appointment for CSPA assessment.

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