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).
Please note: These tests do not replace the GCSE grade 4 (previously grade C) or equivalent entry requirement.
• Candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass.
• The 2-year lockout period will be removed; candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
• All candidates will be able to book 3 tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.
Attendance is monitored closely so please adhere to this criteria.
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.
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.
Tests are booked through the Department for Education website. Find out how to book your tests here
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.
The tests are held at a learndirect skills test approved Test Centres. See below.
The first three attempts at each subject is free of charge. Should you need to continue to resit charges will apply.
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:
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.
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.