The professional skills tests (numeracy and literacy skills tests) for prospective teachers assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism.
All applicants to ITT courses must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and additionally the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy must be passed before a trainee can begin their teacher training.
The skills tests:
- are in addition to the GCSE grade C or grade 4 equivalence entry requirement
- are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher
- assess the use of real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter
- are computerised and can be taken at learn direct skills test approved test centresthroughout the UK
As of 14th February 2018, applicants to teacher training will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. This means that the 2-year lockout period will be removed and applicants previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
Furthermore, from 14th February 2018 all applicants to teacher training will be able to book three tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.
The entry requirements to access training remain unchanged; applicants to teacher training will still have to pass the skills tests prior to starting their Initial Teacher Training course. These changes simply remove financial and administrative barriers.
The Department for Education (DfE) has developed guidance and support materials to help candidates pass the literacy and numeracy tests. Candidates are strongly advised to review the support material before attempting the skills tests. If any candidate is likely to experience difficulties taking a test and has needs that entitle them to reasonable adjustments, they can apply for special arrangements.
Some numeracy test support material can be located HERE
Some literacy test support material can be located HERE
You can book your skills test HERE