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Skills Test Guidance

If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the Department for Education (DfE) professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course. 

More information can be found here.

Special arrangements

When registering, you will be asked the question 'Do you require any assistance with the assessment?'. You should answer 'yes' if you have previously required any special arrangements in a test or public exam.  In addition, you should answer 'yes' if you speak English as an additional language as extra time will be allowed. 

Taking the skills tests

The first three attempts at taking your skills tests in each subject are provided free of charge.

Skills tests are delivered via the national network of Learn Direct Test Centres. Test centres are also available in Paris, Madrid and Frankfurt. 

  • You should arrive at the test centre at least 15 minutes before your appointment, to allow for security checks. If you arrive late, you may not be permitted to take the test;
  • ITT applicants will need to provide evidence of their application. This could be a copy of the application form or confirmation of receipt;
  • Remember to bring your booking confirmation email to the test centre;
  • Bring your relevant identification, as detailed on the ID requirements page;
  • Read and understand the test rules before arriving at the test centre and adhere to the rules at all times once you are in the test centre;
  • The waiting area, in the majority of test centres, is designed to facilitate the needs of candidates; there are no provisions for childcare;
  • When you have finished the test, your results will be available from the test administrator.

 

Changes to the arrangements for the professional skills tests

In February 2018, changes to the arrangements for the professional skills tests were announced.

  • Candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass, prior to starting their programme of initial teacher training;
  • The two-year lockout period was removed; candidates previously locked out can book tests for both subjects;
  • All candidates can book three tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.
  • If you have paid for and taken a second or third attempt at a test on or after 24 October 2017 and before 14 February 2018, you will automatically receive a refund for the cost of your test.

 

If you have applied to the King Edward's Consortium, and you are struggling to pass your skills tests, please contact us for advice. 


Practice tests

Practice tests are available on the Department for Education website. We strongly recommend you take at least two practice tests.

 

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