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 requirement of the National College of Teaching & Learning (NCTL). 

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.

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

Eligibility to attend our free weekly sessions:

  • You must have submitted an application to the University of Wolverhampton 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 free 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.

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.

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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.

Where can I take the tests?

The tests are held at a learndirect skills test approved Test Centres. See below.

How much will the tests cost?

The first three attempts at each subject is free of charge. Should you need to continue 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.

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 happens if I fail the first time?

Candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass, no lock out after three attempts as was previously. However please take note of the deadline to pass these, that you have been given in your conditional offer by the University.

How long are Skills Tests valid if I took them previously?

Skills test passes for applicants to ITT courses remain valid for 3 years from the date of the test you passed. You must start an ITT course within this period. If you are applying for a course that starts beyond the period of validity, you will need to re-take the skills tests.