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28821A - English Language Skills Check

English Language Skills Check

Course description

This is an entry skills check to determine whether you have sufficient English language skills to successfully participate in your chosen online course.

As all TAFEnow online courses are delivered in English, it's essential that you have the necessary language skills to be able to understand your course and participate effectively. Your future success depends on this.

Who is it for?

This English Language Skills Check was designed and developed by TAFEnow to identify any gaps in language skills you might have before you enrol in your chosen online course. This skills check is for you if you do not have a current IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson’s test score.*

This Skills Check does not replace a formal English language proficiency test such as the IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson's tests and is not transferrable to other contexts.

About the Skills Check

The skills check should take a maximum of two hours to complete all sections. You must complete all sections of the check and are only allowed one attempt at each section.

All activities are self-paced except the ‘Speaking Check’ which is conducted via a short (5-10 minute) Skype interview.  You should complete all other sections before booking your Skype interview. This will allow TAFEnow to discuss your skills check with you during the interview.

Units of study

Core Units

28821A English Language Skills Check A

Elective Units

There are no elective units for this course.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Before gaining entry to a course, why do I need a Unique Student Identifier (USI)? How do I obtain one?
All students are required to have a USI, before their enrolment is confirmed. If you have not created your USI and are intending to study, you should create your free USI now. Get more information by visiting usi.gov.au. You will need to have proof of your identity to complete the process. Once you have a USI you will have a secure online record of your nationally recognised training which you can access anytime and anywhere. If you have any questions, or need assistance creating your USI, please contact TAFE Digital by phone or chat.
At a minimum, what software do I require for my course?

You don't have to be a computer whiz to succeed in online learning, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks.

Minimum software specifications for your course are:

  • Microsoft Office or equivalent (free download for TAFE NSW enrolled students)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download)
  • Adobe Flash Player (free download)
  • Up-to-date internet browser
At a minimum, what computer skills do I require for my course?

You don't have to be a computer whiz to succeed in online learning, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and email, chatting to your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software and performing other basic tasks.

Minimum specifications for your computer are:

  • Microsoft Windows 7, or later, or Mac OS X or above

You may also need access to:

  • A printer/scanner to print and scan documents for uploading.
  • A smart phone or digital video so that you can video practical tasks for some courses
How will I contact TAFE Digital if I’m having a problem? How long will it take to get a response?
If you are having trouble accessing your course resources or navigating the TAFE Digital website after enrolling, you should contact one of our Customer Help Officers on 1300 823 366. They are available Monday to Thursday 8am to 8pm and 8am to 5pm on Fridays.
If your query is specific to a unit you are studying and requires a subject matter expert, you should contact your unit facilitator. Their contact details are located on every unit. You should make contact via email. If you require over the phone support and appointment can be requested.
Is there tutor support available after hours?
TAFE Digital has teamed up with the national service Studiosity, to offer students live online help with things like essay and report writing, study skills and referencing. You can make contact with a tutor from 3pm to 11pm Sunday to Friday, via your Moodle course page or drop off a writing file and receive feedback in less than 24 hours. Watch this short, informative video for more information.
This service is additional to the specific subject help that your unit facilitator can provide.
How will I access extra course resources or talk to a librarian?
If you want make contact with a TAFE Digital librarian to access further course resources, go to tafenow.com.au/library-ask-us. Then type in your reference query. A librarian on chat will show you how to search the library catalogue and how to use our specialised subject guides to find extra information for assessments.
How will I send in my assessment tasks?
Once you enrol you will work from the learning platform of our website. Your course information will tell you what assessment events you are required to and provide instructions on how to upload them so your assessor gets them. If you are asked to send video or audio evidence for an assessment you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or DropBox and just upload the URL to the course website so we know where to look.
What happens if I fail a unit or an assessment event? What is TAFE Digital's re-submission policy?
Your teacher/assessor will provide feedback on your assessment event and will let you know if you have met the requirements. If you have not met the requirements, you will have one extra attempt to resubmit your assessment and get it to the required standard to become competent in this unit. If you do not succeed in your second attempt a fee may be charged for an assessor to mark your third submission.
Can I transfer to a campus class if I struggle online?
Before considering a change it is best to discuss your options with TAFE Digital’s Educational Support Officers who may be able to arrange additional support for your studies. If your course is available at an TAFE NSW campus you may be able to transfer. Please contact the customer contact centre.
If I do a course with TAFE Digital, can I get an extension on my visa?
You must apply for a visa extension directly with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. TAFE Digital can provide you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) once you’ve enrolled in a course as proof of your student status, but is unable to assist with your visa application.
What if English is not my first language?
If English is not your first language and you did not complete the last two years of secondary education in English, you are required to provide evidence of English language competency before enrolling into the course. Examples of appropriate evidence are listed below:
  • IELTS - Overall score of 5.5
  • TOEFL - One of the following:
    • 530 (paper)
    • 197 (computer)
    • 71 (internet)
  • Evidence of 12 months in English-speaking employment - Testimonial or statutory declaration
Do I have to pay the cost of my course in full when I enrol?
At TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital we accept a range of convenient payment methods for paying course fees. These include up front payment (or paying the course in-full), payment plans, deferred payments or third party payment. The amount you pay might be reduced if you are eligible for a subsidised place.

For more detailed information please visit the TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital payment options page.
What fee payment options are used to pay for a course?
TAFE NSW North Coast does not accept cash payments, however you can pay your course fees and other enrolment related charges by:
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • A completed Authority to Invoice from your employer or job provider (if applicable)
How do I pay for my course?
When you have to make a payment will depend on how you have chosen to pay your course fees. To confirm your place in a course, you must pay a deposit. The amount that you pay will depend on the length of your course.

If you are studying a course at Diploma level, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. You may also qualify for an exemption, which means you don't pay any fees.

If you are choosing a payment plan, you will need to agree to a Westpac Direct Debit Plan and provide your credit card details or bank account number. We will debit regular payments from your account/credit card to make sure payment for your course fees are up to date.

To find out more about the different payment options available to you, please visit the TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital payment options page
Does TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital have a Fee and refund policy?
TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital has a new Refund Policy which is effective from 1 November 2017. This policy applies to Student Fees, Concession Fees and Additional Costs and other charges paid by TAFE NSW students and refunds of those fees, costs and charges.

TAFE NSW students may, in certain circumstances, be eligible for a refund or partial refund of the Student Fee, Concession Fee or Additional Costs paid to TAFE NSW. The circumstances where a refund may apply are:
  1. If TAFE NSW cancels the delivery of training, the Student Fee or Concession Fee will be refunded;
  2. If TAFE NSW cancels the delivery of training, the Additional Costs, where the equipment or services purchased have not been used/accessed and are returned to TAFE NSW, will be refunded;
  3. If the student makes a payment more than the Student Fee or Concession Fee, including where the student is determined to be eligible for a Fee Exemption or Concession Fee after such payment, the amount overpaid will be refunded;
  4. For subsidised training, if the student formally withdraws before the commencement of training delivery or classes, then the Student Fee or the Concession Fee paid at enrolment will be refunded;
  5. For Fee for Service training, where the student formally withdraws before the commencement of training, and the training is
    • less than one (1) week duration, the student must formally withdraw five (5) business days before commencement of training to be eligible for a refund;
    • greater than one (1) week duration, then the Student Fee will be refunded;
  6. If the student withdraws after the commencement of training delivery or classes,
    • the instalment fees paid and due at the date of withdrawal from training are non-refundable;
    • a partial refund will be available where the student has made fee payment/s against future-dated instalments due after the date of withdrawal.
If you would like to know more about our Fees and Refund policy please visit the TAFE NSW, TAFE Digital fees and refund policy page.
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Course Code: 28821A
Course Duration: 2 hours
Units: 1
Recognition: Nationally
Cost: $250
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