QTS skills tests

What are the Professional Skills Tests?

If you apply for any course leading to a teaching qualification in early years, primary or secondary education, you will have to take the Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy before you can enrol on the course.  

 All current and prospective trainee teachers must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

The tests are required in addition to your mathematics and English GCSEs, and are designed to show that you have the basic levels of literacy and numeracy needed to teach to a national standard. They will not test your knowledge of the curriculum or how to teach.

When should I take the tests?

You should take your skills test as soon after submitting your application as possible. You are required to successfully complete the skills tests prior to programme start.

Where can I take the tests?

To find an updated list of Skills Test centres, including those in Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol, please visit the Department of Education website

Skills test help and advice sessions

We are putting on help and advice sessions at the University of Plymouth to provide you with hints, tips and guidance to help you with the QTS skills tests.

They are running on the following dates:

  • Saturday 9 February
  • Saturday 11 May
To book your place on one of our sessions please email educationinterviews@plymouth.ac.uk

QTS Skills Test literacy resources

The literacy professional skills test is divided into four sections:

  • spelling
  • punctuation
  • grammar
  • comprehension

You will not be tested on your knowledge of the English national curriculum or on how to teach it. More information on the literacy test can be found on the Department of Education website.

Find resources to help you pass your QTS literacy skills test below:

QTS Skills Test numeracy resources

The numeracy skills test is divided into two areas:

  • mental arithmetic section
  • written section (written arithmetic and written data)

You will not be tested on your knowledge of the mathematics national curriculum or on how to teach it.

Find resources to help you pass your QTS numeracy skills test below: