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• Passing the Literacy QTS Skills test
• Passing the Numeracy QTS Skills test
What are the Professional Skills Tests?
If you apply for any course leading to a teaching qualification in early years, primary or secondary education, you will have to take the Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before you can enrol on the course. You need to take the tests if you apply to us for any of these courses:
- BA (Hons) Primary Education
- Joint Honours in Education (Early Years strand with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS))*
- PGCE Primary and Secondary Education
- PGCE Early Years Initial Teacher Training
- School Direct
- Early Years Initial Teacher Training (Assessment Only)
- Assessment Only Route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
The tests are required in addition to your Mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.
The tests assess your numeracy and literacy – using fractions, decimals and percentages; interpreting statistical graphs; and spelling, punctuation and grammar.
You can find out more about the areas they cover and take practice tests on the Department of Education's Get into Teaching website. You are strongly advised to use the support materials and practice tests before you take the actual tests, so you can see any areas you need to revise for.
Taking the tests
You can book your tests in advance, but you must have applied for a teacher training course – either through UCAS, or directly to NTU – by the time you sit them. You will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. Previously (before 14 February 2018) a 2-year lockout period existed, this has now been removed and candidates locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
Furthermore, all candidates will be able to book three tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.
You must pass both tests before you start your course. It is best to take them as early as possible so you have plenty of time to prepare if you have to resit a test. We also advise you to pass them before the end of June, or you may have limited time to complete your induction.
The tests are taken online at learndirect-approved test centres. You can request extra time or accessible versions if you have any disability, visual or hearing impairment, dyslexia, or if English is your second language.
You can register online and then book your test on the Department for Education website.
You will be given a printed score report as soon as you finish your test so you can see if you passed. Let our Admissions team know your results so we can update our records, or there may be a delay with your offer and starting your course.
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200
- Download our handy guide.
- Get into Teaching: Department for Education.
- Get into Teaching on YouTube and Facebook.
- Find out how to apply with UCAS.
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* You do not have to take the tests before you start a joint honours with Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) course. The tests can be taken during your course.