The Assessment Tool is aimed at learners who have the literacy, numeracy and vocabulary skills as described in the Learning Progressions, while assuming that they can also follow simple instructions and use a computer with a mouse.

The Assessment Tool would not be suitable for those learners whose skills fall below the literacy Learning Progressions, i.e. learners working at Starting Points. In that case, learners can be assessed with the Starting Points - Reading assessment option. ESOL students with a low level of English should be assessed with Starting Points - Listening in the first instance.