The following information applies to pre-entry skills tests. From September 2012, anyone who is applying for an ITT course to start in September 2013
must pass the two professional skills tests (literacy and numeracy) before starting the course. Once you have submitted an application form, you will be
eligible to book the tests via the DfE website.
The number of resits allowed is limited to two per subject. This came into effect from 1 September 2012 and applies to all skills test
candidates. Previous unsuccessful attempts by any existing trainees will not count towards this limit and any test taken from 1 September
2012 counts as their first attempt.
Candidates who fail after two resits in either numeracy or literacy will not be able to book any more skills tests for 24 months from the date of the
second resit. This gives you time to improve on the skills assessed in the tests before further attempts.
Before booking a resit, you should consider any areas of weakness that were highlighted on the score report of your previous attempt. Please ensure
that you read the handout before taking your next test. The literacy and numeracy pages contain guidance material and practice tests to help you decide
if you are ready to book a further test appointment. After a minimum period of 48 hours since the previous test, you will be able to log into your account
to book the resit.
From September 2012, you will be able to take the test once free of charge. If you do not pass, you may retake each test twice at a fee of £19.25.
The charge will be levied at the time of booking.
To help you to become familiar with the tests, there will be practice material on the DfE website. The practice material includes interactive tests to
show if you are ready to take the assessment.