SkillSum developed an automatic assessment and reporting tool for adult basic skills (literacy and numeracy). The tool was a web-based system that allowed new entrant students at a college to take a basic skills assessment as part of their normal enrolment process. When the test was completed, the tool produced a report for the user describing his or her skill level and whether this was adequate for the course about to be taken, and suggesting actions he or she could take to improve basic skills.