We’re working on a new way to help you get into teaching. Try our beta test site and let us know what you think. Visit our beta site

Professional skills tests for trainee teachers

A teacher talking to pupils
If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course. Remember you must submit an application for a teacher training course before you can take the skills tests.

The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for these yourself.

Some candidates may be able to request special arrangements such as 25% extra time when registering online for skills tests.

When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. The evidence that will be accepted is as follows: 

  • a welcome letter from a teacher training organisation, for example UCAS Teacher Training or Teach First
  • email correspondence from a teacher training organisation
  • correspondence from a school or training provider
  • a copy of a completed application form
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from a teacher training organisation, training provider or school

Once you have submitted your teacher training application, you'll need to book your tests with learndirect using the skills tests booking website

You can also view practice material to help prepare for your tests here: literacy practice material and numeracy practice material

For a full overview and additional information about the tests, please visit the Department for Education's dedicated skills tests pages

Talk to us online

Our online advice service is currently closed.

Please return between 8am and 8pm to speak to an adviser.

Find out about School Direct

Find information on the School Direct Training Programme – train while working in a school.

Speak to someone

Call the Teaching Line.

Follow us on social media

Follow our social media sites online.