Preparing for the test

Test components

The test has three components:

Test 1 – Literacy

30 minute test containing 40 multiple-choice questions that assess the ability to work with words, sentences and other written text. This test covers the use of the English language, including:
  • Punctuation
  • Comprehension
  • Grammar and sentence structure
  • Spelling
  • The meaning of words
  • The purpose of a text and who it is for
The Literacy component cannot be taken alone; it must be completed with the English Writing Skills component.

Test 2 – Numeracy

30 minute test containing 40 multiple-choice questions that assess the ability to work with numbers and to solve arithmetic problems. This test covers:
  • Numbers and calculations - addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Shape and space - calculate and compare areas and dimensions
  • Measurement - basic metric measurements and quantities, metric conversions
  • Reasoning – use information to solve a mathematical problem, estimates, patterns
  • Data and statistics – read and interpret graphs, collect data
  • Location and direction – follow directions, read maps, use simple coordinates and symbols


  • A calculator is not permitted.

Test 3 - English Writing Skills

45 minute test requiring candidates to write responses to sets of questions or topics. There are 3 different types of writing tasks. Responses will be assessed according to the following criteria:
  • Showing an understanding of the text and the requirements of the task
  • Using correct English: punctuation, grammar and spelling
  • Using language appropriate to the task
  • Organising your thoughts and ideas into sentences and paragraphs
  • Using a style of writing appropriate to the purpose and audience
The English Writing Skills component cannot be taken alone; it must be completed with the Literacy component.

Candidate Preparation Booklet

A Candidate Preparation Booklet is available for purchase through the VETASSESS website for $15.

To order the Candidate Preparation Booklet, click on the link "VETASSESS Test Candidate Preparation Booklet" at the bottom of the menu bar down the right-hand side of this screen or go to the VETASSESS website homepage at vetassess.com.au and follow these steps:

  • go to the 'Quick links' at the bottom of the page
  • click on the link for 'Publishing Resources'
  • on the menu bar down the left-hand side of the screen, go to the list of 'Other Resources'
  • click on the link for 'Candidate Preparation Booklets'
  • on the new page, click on the link for 'VETASSESS Test'
  • enter the quantity of Candidate Preparation Booklets you wish to purchase
  • click on the 'Buy' button
  • when purchasing is complete, click on the 'Checkout' button
  • complete the order and payment steps
  • the Candidate Preparation Booklet will be sent to you within 5 days of payment

Sample test questions

Test 1 - Literacy
Test 2 - Numeracy
Test 3 - English Writing Skills

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