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bksb student start-up guide

What is bksb?

Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) is an approved online testing tool that TAFE Queensland SkillsTech uses to help determine your reading and maths 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 trade. To do this we ask that you undertake the approved bksb assessment so that we can immediately identify any areas that you may need to work on. Please be aware that if you are applying to access a VET FEE-HELP Loan it is essential that you demonstrate competence at or above Exit Level 3 (i.e. working at level 4) in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and maths.

Read the bksb Student Start-up Guide for more information and to get started.

Access the bksb portal

Who needs to complete the bksb assessment?

  • The majority of TAFE Queensland SkillsTech students undertaking full time study. This includes apprentices, trainees and students studying Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level courses. 
  • All TAFE Queensland SkillsTech students applying for a VET FEE-HELP loan that have not provided an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education that has been awarded to you by an agency or authority of a State or Territory for the completion of year 12. It does not matter what year you completed this certificate, as long as you can produce a valid document. 

Information Reminder:
If you cannot supply a valid Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or achieve a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the ACSF (in both reading and numeracy), you will be unable to access VET FEE-HELP.

The bksb has been designed to be easy to use and accessible to students anywhere, anytime, on  any device. The online assessment provides students with:

  • instantly generated individual language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) report
  • interactive learning resources
  • a skills assessment against specific concepts

Students required to complete the bksb before attending classes will be provided with a link to the bksb Student Start Up Guide which includes login instructions.

Note: Students applying for VET FEE-HELP will be sent important information regarding the bksb assessment for VET FEE-HELP eligibility.

Get in contact

If you have any questions about the bksb, please contact Student Services on 1800 782 000 or email