The University of Wolverhampton

Professional Skills Tests

Important Information for Initial Teacher Training Applicants

If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course which starts after 1 July 2013, you will need to take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

Successful completion of these tests will be a condition of any offer you may receive from us but we advise that you should aim to complete these tests before the start of the Summer Term.

These tests do not replace the GCSE grade C or equivalent entry requirement.

When can I take the tests?

You can book your tests up to three months in advance of your submitted application for a teacher training course. However, when you take your tests you are required to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course.

It is important to note that the Department for Education allow you three attempts to pass each test. If you fail your third attempt you must then wait a minimum of two years before you can try again.

Where can I take the tests?

The tests are held at a learndirect skills test approved Test Centres. To locate your nearest Learn Direct Test Centre, visit

Find out how to book your tests here

How much will the tests cost?

The first attempt at each subject is free of charge. Should you need to resit charges will apply.

What support is available for me?

To help you prepare for undertaking these tests, practice material is available on the Department for Education website. We advise you to make good use of the interactive and non-interactive practice materials to familiarise yourself with the format and content before booking your tests.

We run free Professional Skills Test Support Sessions in LITERACY and NUMERACY on a weekly basis and also at our Open Days. If necessary we also offer 1:1 tuition for applicants.

If you have previously required special arrangements in a test or public examination you can request the same for the professional skills tests for trainee teachers.

VIEW our *NEW* Numeracy Professional Skills Test Videos

Further information regarding special arrangements can be found via the Department for Education website.

One to One Support

Should you find that you are unsuccessful after two attempts of the skills test, then the Insitute of Education can provide one to one support in both Literacy and Numeracy. To enquire about a one to one support session please contact

PLEASE NOTE that it is strongly advised that you attend at least 2 support sessions before requesting 1:1 support in both literacy and numeracy.


Aaron Furey "I'm just emailing to say I have passed my Literacy Skills Test. If not for the help provided from Debbie I believe I would have failed. I am extremely grateful for your support, thank you!" (June, 2015)

"I just wanted to say thank you for all your help during the literacy sessions. The only practice I did was to come to your sessions and one or two online tests. Debbie, you are an excellent teacher who could explain the complexities of English grammar to a non-English speaker like me" (June, 2015)

"The support with maths was fantastic. It means so much to all of us students and you can go through times of feeling over whelmed and not good enough. The tutors gave myself and others the confidence to keep going and show us that we were in fact nearly there. One of the tutors mentioned for me to revise at home and highlight questions to bring to sessions. Great advice! It helped and saved me a lot of time and frustration. The tutoring was brilliant and the diversity of the teachers helped as well!" (June, 2015)