All teacher training applicants are required to pass the Professional Skills Tests to ensure competency in numeracy and literacy before starting a QTS course. Find out how to prepare and take the tests.

Practice makes perfect!

There are online practice materials available to help you prepare for the tests. Use the Department for Education web pages to support you in your preparations.

The tests are managed by Learn Direct. You have three attempts to pass the test-your first attempt is free, but each attempt after this has a fee. The test centres are located nationwide, but they get very busy. We advise you to start preparing as soon as you have applied to your teacher training course.

 

Skills Test Monthly Workshops

If you have yet to pass your Professional Skills Tests and would like more support the university is offering free monthly workshops at our Lancaster, Fusehill Street (Carlisle) and London campuses. There will be seperate workshops for numeracy and literacy and each will cover the areas of study you need to focus on in order to pass the the skills tests.

Workshop details.

Lancaster Sessions

Literacy - Book your place Numeracy - Book your place

Time: 4pm - 6pm

  • 5th October 2017
  • 9th November 2017
  • 14th December 2017
  • 25th January 2018

Time: 4pm - 6pm

  • 18th October 2017
  • 28th November 2017
  • 13th December 2017

Carlisle Sessions

Literacy - Book your place  Numeracy - Book your place 

Time: 4pm - 6pm

  • 16th October 2017
  • 20th November 2017
  • 4th December 2017
  • 15th January 2018

Time: 4pm - 6pm

  • 5th October 2017
  • 1st November 2017
  • 5th December 2017

London Sessions

Literacy - Book your place Numeracy - Book your place

Time: 6pm - 7.45pm

  • 11th October 2017
  • 17th October 2017
  • 7th November 2017
  • 15th November 2017
  • 5th December 2017
  • 13th December 2017
  • 10th January 2018
  • 16th January 2018

Time: 3.45pm - 5.45pm

  • 11th October 2017
  • 17th October 2017
  • 7th November 2017
  • 15th November 2017
  • 5th December 2017
  • 13th December 2017
  • 10th January 2018
  • 16th January 2018

Register to take the tests

You need to register online before you can book the tests.

Firstly, please ensure you read the important information here about Access Arrangements and check that you are eligible to sit the tests.

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.

Study resources

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