All teacher trainees are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). All applicants to ITT training are required to pass the skills tests before starting their course.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests:
Before booking a professional skills test you will need to register online with learndirect. Please review the NCTLs 'Tips for Applicants' which provides guidance on how to book your tests with learndirect. It does not give advice to help you prepare for, or take the test.
Please note that you can only book your skills tests once you have submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training. You can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before you attend the test centre.
What you need to bring to the test centre:
Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. You will also need to bring proof of your teacher training application. The evidence that will be accepted are:
For more information please visit: http://sta.education.gov.uk
Help and Guidance
If you are worried about passing the professional skills tests, there are some professional guides available that have been written by the authors of the current tests and they have been used by thousands of prospective teacher trainees. We would recommend you look at:
In addition, you may like to review the new (free) support website for the Numeracy Skills test: http://www.numeracyskillstest.co.uk/
The numeracy test can be a barrier for high quality candidates, and so this site pulls together guidance and information to help you pass the test. It includes articles such as:
The articles are based on experience of helping over 12,000 teachers pass the test, and data from over 9,000,000 practice questions attempted at www.numeracyready.co.uk.
You can also find practice papers at https://www.qtsmathstutor.co.uk/