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Frequently Asked Questions about the ACER Assessment


Frequently Asked Questions about the ACER Assessment


*Note: The ACER Assessment is undertaken in a supervised testing environment. No third party or children are to be present during this Assessment unless Support Services at Wodonga TAFE has approved a support person. 

What is an ACER Assessment?

  • The ACER Assessment works to gauge a candidate's current ability (Core Skill level) and provides the training department with information that will assist their staff in supporting individuals through their desired course. At Wodonga TAFE the ACER Literacy and Numeracy* Assessments are conducted for a number of courses prior to the course application progressing to the training department for an interview. Note: *Diploma of Nursing applications will have an additional Assessment for Writing.

How do I book an ACER Assessment?

  • Once you have applied for a course that requires an ACER Assessment you will be sent an email from our Customer Engagement team with a link to the Eventbrite website to book into your ACER Assessment online.

How do I cancel an ACER Assessment booking? 

  • As a course applicant you are able to cancel your ACER Assessment booking by calling or emailing the Customer Engagement team. Alternatively, you can log into Eventbrite to cancel your Assessment. Note: If you have booked into an ACER Assessment but fail to attend and do not advise our Customer Engagement team of your non-attendance then your course application is withdrawn.

Which courses require an ACER Assessment?

  • Most courses in the Community Services and Health areas and any course that is at a Diploma or Advanced Diploma level will require you to complete an ACER Assessment to progress your application to an interview with the training department.

Will English as Additional Language (EAL) students have any special adjustments made for the ACER? For example, in the HSC a reader is provided for exams. 

  • No, but if a student identifies with having a learning difficulty they can request to have specialised one-on-one support in completing their ACER Assessment.

Why is the sample testing form/called Initial Teacher Education testing (teaching degree test)?

  • This link is from the ACER website and all content and rights are that of the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER).

Do I need to sit the ACER Assessment within three (3) weeks after I have completed my online course application?

  • Yes, once you have submitted an application for a course at Wodonga TAFE that requires an ACER Assessment you will need to complete your ACER Assessment within three (3) weeks. Weekly emails and text message reminders are sent out to you until this is done. Special circumstances can be discussed.

What happens if I cannot make it in to Wodonga TAFE to complete the ACER Assessment?

  • Please contact our friendly Customer Engagement team as soon as possible and we can look into providing alternative options for you.

How will I know if my application has progressed after I have completed the ACER Assessment?

  • Once you have completed your ACER Assessment your ACER results will be emailed to you within three (3) business days. The email will advise whether you have met the ACER Exit Level required to progress your application to an interview for the course.

What happens if I don’t meet the required ACER Exit Level for the course I have applied for?

  • You will be sent an email to advise you can book in for a second attempt at completing your ACER Assessment to achieve the required Exit Level to progress your application to the training department. If you are unsuccessful in receiving the required Exit Level on your second attempt of the ACER Assessment, you will be sent an email offering you an appointment with our Skills and Jobs Centre to discuss potential pathways and other course options that might be better suited.

What if I have already sat the ACER Assessment? How long are my ACER Assessment results valid for?

  • Your ACER Assessment results are valid for two (2) years from the date of issue. You will only need to re-sit an ACER Assessment if you have not met the required ACER Exit Level for Numeracy, Literacy, or Writing* of the particular course you have applied for. *Note: The Writing ACER Assessment is for the Diploma of Nursing course only.