Foundation Skills Assessment Tool

The Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT) is an interactive online tool designed to identify and measure an individual's foundation skill levels. These skills are fundamental to participation in the workforce, the community and in adult education and training.

Foundation Skills Assessment Tool user survey

The Department of Education and Training recently undertook a client satisfaction survey of organisations using the Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT). The survey officially closed on 3 November 2017 and the department would like to thank all users who provided their views on what works, what doesn’t and how FSAT could be improved. This information will be valuable as we seek to refine FSAT and ensure it meets user needs over the longer term.

The department continues to welcome feedback on FSAT at any time; please direct this to

The 2016 Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT, the Tool) is now available for use. Funded by the Department of Education and Training, FSAT can identify and measure an individual's foundation skill levels:  English language, literacy and numeracy skills as well as employability skills.

FSAT has computer adaptive features alongside automatic and immediate scoring and report generation for all online assessed skills. The skills assessed offline - speaking and writing - are also available for use along with their marking guides, and results can be entered into the online system alongside the auto-scored assessments.

The tool is available for use for free by users such as registered training organisations (RTOs) and senior secondary schools.

Validating FSAT

The department is currently working with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to finalise and validate the Tool. Users such as RTOs and senior secondary schools are invited to use the Tool as it is refined ahead of full implementation.

Participating organisations will be helping to ensure that a fully validated, final and free version of FSAT is available as quickly as possible. By using this version of FSAT, organisations will be helping to ensure that sufficient empirical evidence can be collected to validate the final content of the online assessments. Only after this is complete, will the Department of Education and Training be able to make a full and final version of FSAT available for use.

Ahead of the final validation of FSAT, organisations using FSAT should be familiar with both the benefits of using the Tool its current limitations and disclaimer. These are further detailed in the What FSAT can do for you fact sheet, Frequently Asked Questions and on recommended use of the 2016 version of FSAT page.

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