QTS skills tests
The tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their wider professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy, literacy and information and communication technology (ICT), regardless of their specialism.
Following the Department for Education (DfE) publication, Training our next generation of outstanding teachers: Implementation plan (November 2011), trainees starting an initial teacher training (ITT) course from September 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course. The pass mark for these tests will be raised and the number of resits allowed will be limited to two.
The requirements for candidates starting courses in the 2012 academic year remain unchanged; candidates are required to pass the skills tests in their final year of study (with the current exceptions for those on flexible routes into teaching). However, subject to parliamentary approval of changes to the relevant regulations, the ICT test will no longer be a requirement for achieving qualified teacher status (QTS) from April 2012.
Please refer to the skills tests popular questions for more information.
If you are undertaking ITT in Wales, you are not required to complete the skills tests in order to be awarded QTS.
A range of interactive and paper-based practice materials is available in literacy, numeracy and ICT that will enable you to practise tests at home. Practice materials for those requiring special arrangements are also provided.
All trainee teachers are required to pass the QTS skills tests; find out more.
Find out about booking and registration for the tests, which is done exclusively online.
If you previously required special arrangements in a test or public exam you can request the same for the QTS skills tests.
Find first-hand information and further resources to help you prepare for and pass the literacy skills test.
Access information and practice materials to help you prepare for and pass the numeracy skills test.
Find first-hand information and resources to help you prepare for and pass the ICT skills test.
Find out all you need to know about the process of taking the tests.
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