Professional skills tests

Professional Skills Tests

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.

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. Read the about the skills test process on the Dept of Education website and when you’re ready, book your professional skills tests.

Booking the skills tests:

Candidates can book their skills tests once they have submitted their application through UCAS Teacher Training. They can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before they attend the test centre.

What to bring:

Two forms of identification:

  • A primary ID for example a passport
  • A secondary ID, for example a debit card

More information can be found on the STA website.

Candidates will also  need to bring proof of their teacher training application. The evidence that will be accepted are:

  • A welcome email from UCAS teacher training
  • Correspondence from your school or university
  • A copy of a completed UCAS teacher training application form
  • Confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

It’s important that you bring the right documents when attending the skills test centres as candidates that do not follow the process will be turned away, and may lose their first free attempt at taking the skills tests.

You must pass these tests before you can start on the programme.

For more information and advice on how to pass the skills tests please see GetIntoTeaching. Good luck!

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