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. Registration and booking for the skills tests will be available from 17 September 2012 via the Department for Education website.

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 Pearson Professional Test Centres. To locate your nearest Pearson Vue Test Centre, visit

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 QTS Skills Test support sessions at our Open Days. We also provide free workshop sessions, and if necessary 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.

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