Professional Skills Tests for Teacher Training Applicants

Important Information for Initial Teacher Training Applicants

All current and prospective trainee teachers (to Early Years, Primary or Secondary Education training courses) must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you can start the teacher training course. Successful completion of these tests will be a condition of any offer you may receive from us. This is a requirment of the National College of Teaching & Learning (NCTL). 

Please note: These tests do not replace the GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or equivalent entry requirement.

We run free Professional Skills Test Support Sessions in LITERACY and NUMERACY on a weekly basis and also at our Open Days for University of Wolverhampton applicants.

Eligibility to attend these weekly sessions:

  • You must have submitted an application to the University of Wolverhampton (only) for a teacher training course within our Early Years (EYTS), Primary or Secondary Education training provision (all routes). 
  • This application must be either awaiting a decision or have been successful in gaining an offer to study with us.
  • Applicants will not be eligible to attend these sessions if your application has been unsuccessful.

Attendance is monitored closely so please adhere to this criteria.

Eligibility to attend Open Day sessions:

  • Anybody who intends to apply for a Early Years, Primary or Secondary route to teaching with us is eligible to attend an Open Day skills test session. No application needs to have been made.


Candidates can only attend skills tests once you have submitted an application through UCAS Teacher Training. You can book in advance of submitting an application as long as your application is submitted before you attend the test centre.

How do I book my tests?

Tests are booked through the Department for Education website. Find out how to book your tests here

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. Locate your nearest Learn Direct Test Centre

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 do I need to take to my test?

1) Two forms of identification: a primary form of ID, for example a passport, and a secondary form of ID, for example a debit card.

2) Proof of their teacher training application, for example:

  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training
  • correspondence from a school or university
  • a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from a school or university

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. *Please note these sessions are only for applicants applying to the University of Wolverhampton*

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.

VIEW our Numeracy Professional Skills Test Videos

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.