Professional Skills Tests with Learn Direct
All applicants must have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills test before starting their training with us in September.
The numeracy and literacy skills tests:
- cover the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge required for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism;
- do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement in both subjects
- are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher; all questions use real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter;
- are computerised and can be taken at one of the test centres around the country
For more information on these tests: frequently asked questions, how to prepare for the tests, links to practice papers etc, please click here
You are allowed to sit one test, for each subject, free of charge. If you fail, one or both tests, you may pay to re-sit the test(s) a further two times. However, if you fail a test three times, you are not allowed to re-sit it within the next two years.
We therefore strongly urge you to make use of the practice tests that are available as this will enable you to familiarise yourself with the types of questions, the time allowed and how to use the online system, which will all help to maximise your chances of success.