All applicants to ITT training are required to pass the skills tests before starting their course.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfill their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism. These tests:
- do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement
- are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher; all questions use real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter;
- are computerised and can be taken at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK;
- only allow to two resits per subject. This applies to all skills test candidates. Any unsuccessful attempts by existing trainees prior to 1 September 2012 will not count towards this limit. Candidates who fail after two resits in either numeracy or literacy are not able to book any more skills tests, in either subject, for 24 months from the date of the second resit. This gives candidates a reasonable time during which they can become proficient at the skills assessed in the tests before further retakes.
Updated practice tests, including punctuation for the literacy test, can be accessed via the skills test pages.