Skills Tests

You have to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training. You can take the tests up to three times, without a charge, but subsequent tests, will incur a cost.

If you’ve done your research on applying to train to teach, you’ll know this is one of many essential elements of the application process to gain a place on a teacher training programme, whichever route you choose.

Most institutes require that you pass your skills test, within a month or two of receiving your offer, but many applicants take their tests as soon as they’ve submitted their application, making their application even stronger.

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.

Department for Education, 2017

The process for booking skills test is clearly outlined here:

Practice papers and information on content of numeracy skills test can be found here:

Practice papers and information on content of literacy skills test can be found here: