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Skills Tests

Important Information for Initial Teacher Training Applicants

If you are applying for an ITT programme which starts after 1 July 2013 you will be required to have passed skills tests in numeracy and literacy before starting the programme.


When can I take the tests?

You must have submitted an application form for an ITT programme before you can register for the tests. Registration and booking for the skills tests will be available from 1 August 2012 via the Department for Education website. Go to http://www.education.gov.uk/teachskillstests and follow the link to ‘Skills test registration’.


What format are the tests and where can I take them?

The tests are computerised and can be taken at any of the Learn Direct Test Centres throughout the UK.  To locate your nearest Learn Direct Test Centre, visit the Department of Education website..


At what level are the tests set?

The length of the tests and questions are appropriate for key skills level 2/3.


Do I still need GCSE grade C or equivalent in Mathematics and English Language?

Yes. The tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement.


What is the pass mark for the tests?

The pass mark for each test is 63 per cent.


How can I prepare for the tests?

Online practice tests, details of test content and test format, and recommended books are available on the Department for Education website. Go to http://www.education.gov.uk/teachskillstests and follow the links to ‘Numeracy skills test’ or ‘Literacy skills test’.


If I fail a test can I resit it?

Yes. You are allowed to resit each test up to 2 times. If you do not pass each test within 3 attempts your application cannot progress. So we recommend that you make use of all the preparation resources on the Department for Education website before taking each test.


Will I have to pay to take the tests?

The first attempt at each subject is free of charge, but a charge of £19.25 per test will apply when booking a resit.


Where can I get more information?

More information is available on the Department of Education website.