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Basic Key Skills Builder

Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) is an approved online skills review tool used by TAFE Queensland. It determines your reading and numeracy levels within the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

We want to make sure you have the right skills and support to be successful in your course. The bksb helps us identify any areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

What does BKSB measure?

The bksb tool identifies your current working levels for English and maths, as well as your learning style. This gives us an overview of your learning strengths so we can best support you to achieve your learning goals. The bksb tool also identifies gaps in your skills. For each skill gap, there is a learning resource that includes practical exercises and answers to help you find success.

Understanding your own skill and knowledge levels is an important step in commencing a new course of study. This is why we recommend all new students undertake a bksb assessment before beginning any training. 

Who needs to complete the BKSB assessment? 

  • All new and existing Students enrolled in TAFE Queensland programs are invited and encouraged to complete both initial assessments
  • Students applying for VET Student Loans who do not possess evidence of academic eligibility must complete the bksb prior to enrolment (See below under Vet Student Loans)
  • All Diploma of Nursing applicants must also complete the bksb and achieve an Exit Level 3 (working at Level 4) prior to enrolment approval. Watch this helpful video on bksb and the Diploma of Nursing.
  • Pre-enrolled students where requested by Faculty
  • Students where Risk Management assessments are required prior to enrolment

Get your bksb skills review started today or contact us for more information. 

VET Student loans and the BKSB 

If you apply for a VET Student Loan (VSL), you need to provide evidence that you have the reading and numeracy skills to successfully complete your course.

You must demonstrate competence at, or above Exit Level 3 (working in Level 4) in the ACSF in both reading and numeracy.

You can demonstrate your reading and numeracy competence in one the following ways:

  • Supply a copy of your Year 12 Certificate of Education that has been awarded to you by the board of studies of an Australian State or Territory. It does not matter when you completed high school.
  • Supply a copy of an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB) diploma; or
  • Supply a copy of your Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), or at a level in a framework that preceded the AQF that is equivalent to level 4 or above in the AQF or;
  • Complete a bksb skills review and achieve an Exit Level 3 (working in Level 4).

BKSB Assessment question tips

Taking an assessment can seem a little daunting, especially if you're not sure what to expect.  To help you feel more at ease about completing your bksb assessments, view this video to find out more about the bksb assessment types and how to answer them. 

You can contact us for more information if you have questions about the bksb.
If you are feeling concerned about completing the bksb assessments, you can contact us for support.


Complete the BKSB

Important access information

Before starting your bksb assessment make sure you have received an email with login details and instructions on how to complete your bksb. If you haven’t received your bksb email please contact our Customer Service Team on 1300 308 233.

Just starting your bksb?

For help, don't forget to download the bksb Student Start Up Guide.

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VET Student Loans

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans is an Australian Government loan program that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees.

BKSB student start up guide

This handy start up guide has been developed for students to help access and take your initial assessments.