All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can enrol for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This will be a condition of your offer but will only apply for the following courses:
- BA (Hons) Primary Education with recommendation for QTS
- BA (Hons) Primary Teaching Studies with recommendation for QTS (progression route)
- PGCE Early Years with EYTS
- PGCE Primary
- PGCE Secondary
- School Direct
- Assessment Only
The numeracy and literacy skills tests do not replace the English Language and Mathematics GCSE grade C or above (or equivalence) entry requirement. The Skills Tests are taken online at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK.
We aim to support you as much as possible and have found the following online practice material available:
QTS Skills Test Workshops
We offer a range of workshops to help you prepare for a successful QTS skills test. We can advise on techniques to assist you in your tests, offer numeracy and literacy practice content and give you an awareness of what to expect.
Please find our available workshops for each test below. Session 1 is compulsory and offers a general overview of the tests, and Session 2 is optional and will allow you to target specific areas that you would like to work on.
Please click on your chosen workshop to book your place.
Have a look through our presentation below for more information about Skills Tests:
The first attempt at each numeracy and literacy test is provided free of charge. Resits are charged at £19.25 each; payment will be required by credit or debit card when booking online.
Candidates are able to undertake the skills tests a maximum of 3 times per subject.
If you are unsuccessful on your skills tests, you are able to book a resit after a minimum period of 48 hours following the previous test. Before booking a resit you should consider any areas of weakness which were highlighted on the score report of your previous attempt. The literacy and numeracy pages contain guidance material and practice tests to help you decide if you are ready to book a further test appointment.
Should a candidate fail the tests 3 times, they would not be able to book any more skills tests in either subject for 24 months following the final attempt. This gives candidates a reasonable time during which they can become proficient at the skills assessed in the tests before further attempts.
Appointments and Results
Failure to attend a test appointment may result in the loss of fees or your entitlement to a free attempt.
The skills tests are computer marked; when you finish a test you will be provided with a printed score report. This is not a certificate, however it is strongly recommended that you keep it for your own records, as certificates are not issued. Test results are uploaded within 48 hours.
To check results have updated correctly after each test, log into your account and select ‘view test records’.
If you think a test result has not uploaded correctly, contact the Skills tests helpline on 0845 450 8867
Applicants to Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Courses
For applicants to ITT courses, training providers will be able to access results, view the number of attempts, the scores achieved and the overall results. They will use this information in the selection process and to verify successful completion of both tests before allowing candidates to start ITT courses.
Training providers access results for ITT students to verify successful completion of both tests before they can be enrolled for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
Skills test passes for applicants to ITT courses remain valid for three years. Applicants must start an ITT course within this period. If you are applying for a course which starts beyond the period of validity, you will need to re-take the skills tests.
Skills test passes for ITT students have unlimited validity.