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Since February 2018 you have unlimited attempts to take the test and 80% of candidates pass both their literacy and numeracy tests first time. 

Passing the professional skills test is required before you start your teacher training programme. This can seem daunting however this page has all the advice to make it easy.

4 easy steps to pass the skills test

Step 1) Start preparing early. Practice makes perfect and there are lots of resources out there to help you. View helpful resources here.

Step 2) Book your test. Once you have read our guides, register with the department of education for your test - if you need access arrangements you can do so here.

Step 3) Come to one of our many free workshops.

Step 4) Take the test. Remember you can take it as many times as it takes - Just remember to bring some identification documents.

Helpful Resources


The following online resources are also available to help you prepare for the tests:

Skills Test Monthly Workshops

If you are applying for a teacher training course with us you can take advantage of our monthly skills test workshop sessions. You can get support with our academic tutors who will give you personalised advice, work through example questions and help you gain the confidence to pass the tests. And they are absolutely free to attend.

Call 03722 912 992 for bookings & questions

Book your free support workshop

Taking the tests

Make sure you have read all the information carefully about what you need to take with you. Failure to meet the requirements could result in you being unable to take the test.

Allow yourself plenty of time before the test to complete the registration process at the test centre.

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