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All current 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:

Candidates who need to book a test to be taken between now and Sunday 30 November 2014 must use the Pearson VUE booking system. This can be accessed via the skills test registration page.

From Wednesday 1 October 2014, candidates will be able to book with learndirect for tests to be taken from Monday 1 December 2014 onwards. Tests can be booked via the skills test registration page or by phoning 0300 303 9613. Further details are also available on the skills test pages.

Updated practice tests, including punctuation for the literacy test, will be available from Wednesday 1 October 2014. They can be accessed via the skills test pages.

The initial teacher training provider results portal will be available from November. Learndirect will provide registration details and guidance on how to access the results portal in November via email.