Professional Skills Tests for entry to initial teacher education

All entrants to ITE courses must have passed the government Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before the course commences.

We will expect you to have taken and passed both of the tests before you come for interview, however, in exceptional circumstances we may be able to go ahead with your interview before you have passed both tests.  Please book a skills test with learndirect You can take the skills test at centres across the country. Further registration information is provided via the ‘How to Register’ link at the bottom of this page.

The numeracy and literacy skills tests:

  • are in addition to the GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 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 centres throughout the UK
  • go through a stringent quality assurance procedure
  • are extensively piloted and the performance of each test is regularly monitored.

You can find more information about the skills tests in the context of teacher training via the Get into teaching website.

Before you take the tests

The DfE has developed guidance on the content of the tests and support materials to help candidates pass the tests; you are strongly advised to review the support material before attempting the skills tests.

You can find the support material from the literacy and numeracy test pages here and here

Please see the Department for Education website for full details:

Skills test helpline:

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

Telephone: 0300 303 9613


Page last modified: October 23, 2017