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Professional Skills Tests (Numeracy & Literacy)

To be in a position to embark upon one of our programmes, you must pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy.

You do not need to take these before interview but must have passed them both before starting in September.

The professional skills tests (skills tests) are for prospective teachers. They assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism.

You will have to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you can begin your teacher training. You’ll have unlimited attempts at re-sitting these tests, with (over 80% of candidates pass both literacy and numeracy skills test on their first attempt). The key to passing is plenty of preparation and practise.

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Preparing for the tests

There’s plenty of support available to help you get ready for the tests from the STA website, which includes:  

Practice literacy materials  (includes short information sheet before taking literacy test)

Practice numeracy materials

Read how a newly qualified teacher prepared for the skills test:

Consider the following books: