Important Changes to the Professional Skills Tests

In February 2018, changes to the arrangements for the skills tests were announced.

  • Candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. 
  • The 2-year lockout period will be removed; candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
  • All candidates will be able to book 3 tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.

Applicants are advised to use the online guidance and practice resources first before sitting the tests and may also like to attend our skills test preparation sessions prior to sitting.  We strongly advise applicants to contact Suffolk and Norfolk ITT if they are struggling to pass the tests for the third time to seek support and training first.

You can take your skills tests once you have evidence of having submitted your application through UCAS Teacher Training (for AO programmes, please refer to us directly). You can book your tests in advance of this, as long as an application is submitted before you attend the test centre. You can book your literacy and numeracy test attempts through learndirect, the Department for Education’s delivery partner. The first 3 attempts are free of charge. You can take the tests at learndirect test centres across the country.

If you require access arrangements, please refer to the access arrangements page to find out what may be available to you. If you require specific access arrangements that are not mentioned, please contact the learndirect helpline to check availability.

You must provide 2 forms of identification (ID) and evidence of your ITT application. You will not be allowed to take a test without them, so please allow enough time for ID checks to take place before your test.

Further information can be found here: 

Candidates who have failed their tests within the past two years are encouraged to contact us about resubmitting their application.

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