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Important information for initial teacher training applicants

 In order to start onto an initial teacher training course you have to pass the skills tests in literacy and numeracy. This is in addition to the entry requirement for GCSEs in English language, mathematics and science.

When can I take the tests?

The skills tests are completed during the application process before you start your course. Please note that we will not offer you an interview until you can provide proof that you have registered for them.

Where can I find more information about the tests?

There is information on the Department for Education website about the tests.

How much will it cost me to take the tests?

The first three attempts at the test are free; however, if you need to retake after the third attempt there will be a charge, which can be paid by credit or debit card when you are booking the test.

How can I prepare for the tests?

If you have applied to any of our Initial Teacher Training courses, The University of Huddersfield is offering free support sessions numeracy and literacy. 

The skills tests are set in the context of a school environment; you are not expected to have any knowledge of specific terminology in order to pass the test. There is practice material available on the Department for Education website and for help with the numeracy test look at www.numeracyready.co.uk. This should help you decide if you are ready to take the tests or need to become proficient in the skills assessed before applying for your course.

When do I need to take the tests if I am starting my course in September?

You must have submitted an application form for your course before you can register for the tests. 

Tests can be booked via the skills test registration page or by phoning 0300 303 9613. Further details are also available on the skills test pages.

If you are offered a place on a subject knowledge enhancement course (eg mathematics) then you don’t need to have passed the skills tests before starting the enhancement course but you will need to pass them by the time you start your initial teacher training course.

What if I need to resit a test?

You can resit the skills test if you fail but you need to note that after your third attempt you will need to pay for your resits. 

In previous years, after three attempts, applicants have been required to take a 24 month break before further retakes however this has now been removed as of February 2018.