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The contractor responsible for delivering the Professional skills tests will change from Pearson VUE to learndirect on Monday 1 December 2014. The Department for Education will continue to maintain overall responsibility for the skills tests.
Please use the Booking and managing appointments page to book with Pearson VUE.
From Wednesday 1 October 2014, learndirect will begin taking bookings for tests to be taken on or after 1 December. For more information please use the booking and managing appointments section. You will need to register with learndirect in addition to your Pearson VUE registration.
You can access practice tests via the Literacy skills tests and Numeracy skills tests pages. The practice tests for tests to be taken on or after 1 December will reflect the look and feel of the new test delivery system.
Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) are required to have passed the skills tests before the start of the course. Applicants for courses that begin in academic year 2014/15 can now book to take the skills tests.
ITT providers will use skills tests results to inform their decisions so applicants are strongly advised to prepare thoroughly for their tests prior to taking them.
Trainees who started their training prior to 1 July 2013 need to pass the tests before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Tests can be taken at any time during the course.
Applicants for Assessment Only (AO) programmes are required to have passed the skills tests before starting the AO route.
A quick step process for taking your skills tests is detailed below.
Applicants for Assessment Only (AO) programmes are required to have passed the skills tests before they start training.
Before booking a skills test you will need to register online. For tests to be taken between now and 30 November use the table below. There are two registration systems and it is essential that you register on the correct one.
Registering on the wrong system will invalidate results.
|Applicant type||Registration system to use|
Students on ITT courses which started prior to 1 July 2013.
Note: You will need the teacher reference number (TRN) issued by your training provider.
Applicants for ITT courses, including academic year 2014/15 courses.
Login details will be issued within two working days, enabling access to the skills tests booking pages, via the links above, where you can book and manage appointments and view your testing history.
Telephone: 0300 303 9613
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Information on the professional skills tests, including reforms introduced in 2012.
Information about taking the skills tests for trainee teachers.
Information on the literacy skills test for trainee teachers.
Information on the numeracy skills test for trainee teachers.
Special arrangements for candidates with specific needs, for example those who are dyslexic or have a visual or hearing impairment.
Information on results in numeracy and literacy of the skills tests for trainee teachers.
Frequently asked questions on the skills tests for trainee teachers.
Registration and booking for applicants for ITT courses from the 2013/14 academic cohort.
Registration and booking for students on ITT courses, as well as those in the 2012/13 academic cohort.