Skills review - TAFE Queensland Brisbane

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Skills review

What is bksb?

Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) is an approved online testing tool that TAFE Queensland Brisbane utilises to help determine your reading and numeracy levels within the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

bksb start up guide

We want to make sure you have the right skills and support to be successful in your course. To do this we ask that you undertake the approved bksb assessment tool as soon you enrol, so that we can immediately identify any areas that may need to improve upon. Please be aware that if you are applying to access a VET Student Loan it is essential that you demonstrate competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.

Read the bksb start-up guide (PDF, 2.91MB) for more information and to get started.

Who needs to complete the bksb assessment?

  • A majority of TAFE Queensland Brisbane students
  • All TAFE Queensland Brisbane students applying for a VET Student Loan who have not provided an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded by an agency or authority of a State or Territory for the completion of year 12, or
  • Evidence of the successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English)

It is important to remember that it does not matter what year you completed this certificate, as long as you can produce a valid document.

Important Reminder - to access a VET Student Loan, you need to:

  • Supply a valid Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, or;
  • Supply a copy of your AQF Level IV or higher qualification, or;
  • Achieve a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the ACSF (in both reading and numeracy)

How do I supply a copy of my Year 12 or AQF Level IV or Higher?
You can email copy to or hand in your copy at any Customer Service Centre

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If you have any questions, please contact

A VET Student Loan is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay their tuition fees for higher-level VET courses. A 20% loan fee may apply. Students are required to repay this loan through the taxation system. A VET Student Loan will impact a student's credit rating. Additional information is available on the VET Student Loan page on our website.