Skills Tests

Skills Tests

All applicants applying to start a teacher training course in September 2018 are required to pass literacy and numeracy professional skills tests. Late applicants must pass the skills tests before applying. These tests are carried out to ensure you have the expertise to meet your professional responsibilities. The numeracy and literacy tests cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their wider professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching.

To register for a skills test visit the Department of Education. We advise that you practise the tests beforehand as these are timed tests. You can access practise tests here. Applicants must submit an application before taking the tests as evidence must be provided when attending the test centre.

The number of resits allowed will be limited to two per subject. Candidates who fail after two resits in either numeracy or literacy will not be able to take any more skills tests, in either subject, for 24 months from the date of the second resit.

Skills Tests Support Sessions

Newman University offers Support Sessions for teacher training applicants in preparing for the national professional tests in literacy and numeracy. The sessions are delivered by expert tutors who will cover key areas of knowledge alongside test techniques. The tutors have experience of developing confidence through targeted revision and clear explanation of the tests.

These courses are FREE.

Forthcoming Dates
Date Literacy   Numeracy
Thursday 25th January 2018 4.00pm – 6.00pm 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Saturday 17th March 2018 10.00am – 12.00noon 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Thursday 3rd May 2018 6.30pm – 8.30pm 4.00pm – 6.00pm


Please contact Estelle Vale via 
or telephone 0121 483 2257

Skills Test Workshops

We will be running one/two day workshops for ITE applicants to Newman University, in July 2018, once the dates are confirmed further details will be updated on this page.


pdf  QTS Skills Test Support Sessions
Last updated: 07 November 2017