Language, Literacy and Numeracy INITIAL ASSESSMENT

Tips for Success

Each question has a hint that should help you understand how to respond to it. Look for the ‘quick-tip’ lightbulb.
Remember this is an open book assessment so you are able to use a calculator, dictionary and the internet.


  • Student Declaration

    This Student Declaration is to be filled out and signed by the student.

  • Name of assessment: Language, literacy and numeracy initial assessment

    Skills being tested: Reading and numeracy

    ACSF levels being tested: 3 and 4

  • Student Assessment Verification:

  • Student Declaration:

    I confirm that all evidence submitted by me for assessment is the product of my own work (unless otherwise stated).

  • LLN (Language, Literacy, and Numeracy) Initial Assessment

    In 2015, The Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) was commissioned by the VET FEE-HELP Branch of the Department of Education and Training to address a number of issues related to the VET FEE-HELP programme.

    One of the reforms announced on December 11 2015 was to introduce a minimum level of language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) competence which students must meet prior to being accepted into a VET FEE-HELP loan assisted course.

    The mandatory minimum entry literacy and numeracy requirements for learners who wish to enrol in a VET course of study at a Diploma level or above qualification and accessing VET FEE-HELP is that learners need to display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both areas of reading and numeracy.

    Who is this assessment for?

    This initial assessment is for students who intend to study for any diploma-level course.

    Minimum standard

    To successfully prove your ability at Exit Level Three, you will need to successfully complete :

    • 8 out of 10 level three reading tasks
    • 8 out of 10 level three numeracy tasks
    • 3 out of 6 level four reading tasks
    • 3 out of 6 level four numeracy tasks


    This assessment is not a test and is not a part of your course. Make sure that you:

    • Take your time. Don’t rush through the test.
    • Try to answer every question to the best of your ability as this will give us the best indication of your actual LLN level.
    • Do not copy another person’s work.
    • Do not let anyone help you with this assessment.
    • You may receive some support from the supervisor about what a question means or how to fill out the student declaration.
    • Always write your answers in FULL SENTENCES. For example:
    QUESTION: Who was involved in the accident?
    ANSWER 1: A guy Not acceptable
    ANSWER 2: A man from Brisbane was involved in the accident. Acceptable

Have you completed all questions?

Before you submit, ensure you’ve completed all questions and give your answers a quick review.

Tip: Question 1

Make sure that you read the text carefully before answering the question. You can refer back to the text at any time.

Tip: Question 2

Make sure that you read the text carefully before answering the question.

Tip: Question 3

Although 2 answers are correct, you only need to select one

Tip: Question 4

Take your time reading the text carefully

Tip: Question 5

Use a full sentence to answer this question and refer to the subject of the text in your answer

Tip: Question 6

Make sure that you read the text carefully before answering the question. You can refer back to the text at any time.

Tip: Question 7

Read the text right through before you answer the question.

Tip: Question 8

List more than one animal.

Tip: Question 9

Refer to the diagram before answering both questions 9 & 10.

Tip: Question 10

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Tip: Question 11

Read the text right through. If you are confused about the meaning of a word, you can use the internet to check.

Tip: Question 12

You can google or use a dictionary to check the meanings of these words. If you are doing your assessment online, try

Tip: Question 13

List at least 3 words in your answer.

Tip: Question 14

Remember that you can use the internet to check the meaning of a word.

Tip: Question 15

Use a full sentence and include a few words that describe your feelings in relation to the question.

Tip: Question 16

Use an online dictionary like to look for words with similar meanings.

Tip: Question 17

Highlight (or write down) the town where it states you live and go to work on the timetable so that you can see more clearly.

Tip: Question 18

Read the text carefully to check the amount of days that the question states you work.

Tip: Question 19

Write your answer clearly and use an equals (=) sign to show which figure is your final answer

Tip: Question 20

Use your calculator for this question. If you are confused by any term, you can use your dictionary.

Tip: Question 21

Fill in every box

Tip: Question 22

Use your calculator

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Tip: Question 29

Use as many of the elements in the weather forecast as you can in a full sentence to answer this question. Remember to use numbers and words

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Tip: Question 32

Ballina is a town in Northern New South Wales, whilst Dubbo is a town in the mid-west of New South Wales.