What are the Professional Skills Tests?
All applicants for teacher training courses need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process. You will need to ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.
The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.
The first three attempts at taking your skills tests in each subject are provided free of charge. You can book additional resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for these yourself.
When should I take the tests?
You must take the tests after you have applied and you will need to provide evidence of your application when you attend the test centre. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. At interview we will ask you to provide proof that you have booked the skills tests.
If you are made an offer after interview part of your conditions will be to pass the tests and a time frame will be indicated. We do however advise that you try and take the tests before your interview date, or as soon after your interview as possible, as this will enable us to make a firm offer.
Where can I take the tests?
To find an updated list of skills test centres, please visit the Department of Education website.
Skills Test workshops
We offer free skills tests workshops if you have accepted a place on one of our teacher training courses. These are running on the following dates:
- Monday 2 July 2018 (Numeracy workshop, 9.30-11.15am; Literacy workshop, 11.30am-1.15pm)
- Thursday 23 August 2018 (Numeracy workshop, 9.30-11.15am; Literacy workshop, 11.30am-1.15pm)
- Saturday 1 December 2018
- Monday 18 February 2019
- Saturday 11 May 2019
To book your place please email one of the contacts below.
If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt of the skills test then we can provide one-to-one support in both numeracy and literacy. To enquire about this email the relevant contact below.
We also offer access to Numeracy Ready software, if you have been unsuccessful on your first attempt of the numeracy skills test.
Get in touch
Contact the relevant person for the type of course you have applied for.