Professional Skills Tests

The professional skills tests (skills tests) for prospective teachers assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism.

All current and prospective trainee teachers must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

The skills tests: 

  • are in addition to the GCSE grade C or grade 4 equivalence entry requirement
  • are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher
  • assess the use of real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter
  • are computerised and can be taken at learndirect skills test approved test centres throughout the UK

Learndirect Test Centres

Changes to the arrangements for taking the skills tests

In February 2018, changes to the arrangements for the skills tests were announced.

  • 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.

If you have paid for and taken a second or third attempt at a test on or after 24 October 2017 and before 14 February 2018, you will automatically receive a refund for the cost of your test.
 

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