High-quality, diagnostic data for RTOs and TAFEs to measure candidate literacy and numeracy skills through secure online assessments
Snapshot Reading Numeracy Indicator (SRNI)
Simplify and streamline your assessment intake workflows with CSPA's purpose built candidate management system.
Valid and reliable assessments developed by domain experts
The CSPA was developed by ACER staff with high level expertise in the design of online post-school assessments in language, literacy and numeracy. All items were trialled with adult candidates and proven to be psychometrically valid and reliable.
The CSPA was developed based on the ACSF with key assessment constructs being identified in conjunction with clients to ensure the relevance of assessment content and an appropriate spread of item difficulty.
Secure assessments available when it suits you
ACER’s online platform allows you to spend less time on administration and planning tests and more time making the most of the insights from effective assessment.
Proven and tested delivery day-in and day-out
Deliver your assessments with confidence via our robust platform
Trusted around the world to deliver assessments online since 2011
Quality assessment design
Key test constructs for the CSPA were identified in conjunction with our TAFE and VET clients to allow them to accurately assess the core skills of learners across the five levels of the ACSF.
Learner engagement across all skill levels
Successful trials, with over 1400 TAFE and VET candidates across Australia, show the CSPA is accessible for learners at all ACSF levels.
Trusted by leading training organisations around Australia
'The CSPA is highly effective in helping our providers to identify early the literacy and numeracy needs of a candidate so that their individual pathway in training supports their developmental needs, success in training and a smooth transition to further study or employment. The CSPA is a critical tool in implementing South Australia’s foundation skills policy in VET and our commitment to the National Foundation Skills Strategy for Adults.'
Government of South Australia – Department for Innovation and Skills
Used in transition from professional sports
'The AFL Players' Association has always had literacy and numeracy teaching staff, as well as wellbeing managers who help players develop post-competition career paths. The assessment is used to inform the work of both. Other professional sporting bodies also use it for similar purposes.'
AFL Players' Association
Fostering organisational change
'We have found that ACER’s test is easy to administer, user friendly and that it provides instant, detailed and informative feedback for test takers. The writing test has been added to our suite of tests and we have used it for a varied clientele. It has proved to be particularly useful in pin-pointing or confirming particular writing issues. ACER staff has been very helpful and responsive as back up support in ironing out any technical difficulties.'
Box Hill Institute
The CSPA assessment is an initial assessment of skill level, therefore preparation is not required. If you wish to complete a short practice assessment, please register via an email address. A review page is provided at the end of the test outlining which questions have been marked incorrectly (you will not be able to re-submit your responses once the assessment is complete).