Skills Test

Skills Test

Skills Test


 Professional Skills Tests for Initial Teacher Training Courses

Important information for initial teacher training applicants

In order to start onto an initial teacher training course you have to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy. This is in addition to the entry requirement for GCSEs in English, mathematics and science.

When can I take the tests?

The skills tests are completed during the application process before you start your course.

Where can I find more information about the tests?

There is information on the Department for Education website about the tests.

How much will it cost me to take the tests?

The first time you take this test it is free; however, if you need to retake there will be a charge, which can be paid by credit or debit card when you are booking the test.

How can I prepare for the tests?

The skills tests are set in the context of a school environment; you are not expected to have any knowledge of specific terminology in order to pass the test. There is practice material available on the Department for Education website and for help with the numeracy test look at This should help you decide if you are ready to take the tests or need to become proficient in the skills assessed before applying for your course.

Also, you may find the book ‘Passing the Professional Skills tests for Trainee Teachers and Getting into Initial Teacher Training’, published by Sage and by Bond, Johnson, Patmore, Weiss and Barker useful.

When do I need to take the tests if I am starting my course in September?

You must have submitted an application form  before you can register for the tests.

You can book with LearnDirect.  Tests can be booked via the skills test registration page or by phoning 0300 303 9613. Further details are also available on the skills test pages.

If you are offered a place on a subject knowledge enhancement course (eg mathematics) then you don’t need to have passed the skills tests before starting the enhancement course but you will need to pass them by the time you start your initial teacher training course.

What if I need to resit a test?

You can resit the tests if you fail.  There is currently no limit to the number of times you can resit the tests.

Getting help

Learndirect’s helpdesk is available from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Telephone: 0300 303 9613