QTS skills tests
You are required to pass the QTS skills tests before you start
your course. Once you have submitted your application you will be
eligible to book the skills tests via the Department of Education
website. We strongly encourage you to pass these tests prior to
interview, applicants with passed QTS skills tests at interview
will be noted.
Practice tests are available on the Teaching Agency
You will be required to have passed the DfE's skills tests in
numeracy and literacy as one of the conditions of your offer if you
have not passed them prior to interview.
and book the skills tests after you have submitted an
The tests are managed externally and all questions should be
directed to the Skills Test Team at the
Skills tests helpline
The helpline is open on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.
T: 0845 450 8867
Help and Advice Passing the Tests
Our best advice is to have an attempt at the tests early, and to
book a test as soon as you apply for a QTS course. It is very
likely that you will pass first time, but if you do not than you
will have some experience to call upon for your next two attempts.
The applicants that have struggled are those that have not taken a
test until their deadline, which leaves little time for a retest
and can your first attempt can be quite a shock.
We recommend that besides attempting plenty of
practice tests that you look at resources such as the GCSE Bitesize
webpages for Maths and
You may want to consider buying some revision guides, we don't
recommend any one but there are plenty available such as:
There are also some very useful videos available from
G&A Numerical and