Academic Skills Assessment

To personalise study support services at Deakin College, we use an Academic Skills Assessment.

Study and academic support

Deakin College offers academic support to students via access to Student Learning Advisors, Student Mentors and Academic Coordinators. Learn more or book an appointment with them here.

About the Academic Skills Assessment

Firstly - it is not a test

The Academic Skills Assessment is an activity to help you discover what you might find challenging in your studies at the College, and how we can help you be successful. While the exercise is required by all new students, it should not be any cause for concern.

What is it?

  • The Academic Skills Assessment is an online exercise to show you (and us) what you might need help with on your study journey.

  • It will take no more than 30 minutes to complete and you’ll get your result straight away.

  • The activity does not assess your English language ability. It is an exercise using various academic skills designed for both native English speakers and English as an alternate language (EAL) speakers.

  • There are 39 questions to answer, most of which are multiple choice.

Follow the steps

  1. Watch the video instructions here.

  2. Open and complete the Academic Skills Assessment. 

  3. Take a look at your results and feedback. You can bookmark the results page to access this information later.

  4. Contact a Student Learning Advisor if you need any help.

Why is it important?

Throughout your time at Deakin College, you’ll be expected to participate in class discussions and presentations, listen and take notes in lectures, and be able to research and write assignments and exams. 

These are all academic skills that are crucial to boosting your performance and getting good grades in your units. Understanding your academic strengths and weaknesses will allow you to focus on improving the areas where you need the most improvement.

The results

The results will not affect your grades at Deakin College and they do not appear on your academic transcript. They are used only to identify areas for help and improvement.

If relevant, you will get emails throughout the trimester with suggestions of ways to improve your academic English.

Academic support at Deakin College

We pride ourselves on the individual support and attention we can offer every single student. Get the support you need: