Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Professional Skills Test

If you're applying for teacher training programmes you may have seen that some providers ask for professional skills tests as one of the entry requirements. We've answered three of the frequently asked questions we've received about them.

Do I need to take a professional skills test?

To study for a teacher training program in England you need to pass the numeracy and literacy skills tests. Some training providers may require you to complete them before your interview but you need to check this with them. If you’re applying for training programmes in Wales then you’re not required to pass the skills tests.

When can I book a professional skills test?

The booking system has been open since 1 October 2014 and the tests take place from 1 December 2014 onwards. You can book your skills tests through learndirect, but places are on a first-come, first- served basis so it’s worth trying to book a space as soon as possible! You can book a test up to three months in advance.

Who do I contact if I can’t find a suitable booking slot? 

The learndirect helpdesk is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00. Call them on 0300 303 9613 or email

We’ve got lots of advice about entry requirements on our website.  If you have any questions about the requirements for your chosen training programmes, get in touch with the training providers you're interested in. Be aware that the most competitive programmes may have higher entry requirements.

Want more information about applying for teacher training? Check out our website or get in touch with our advisers on Facebook or Twitter.


gujjar g said...
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Abner Carl said...

I agree, to study for a teacher training program in England and mba curriculum there is need to pass the numeracy and literacy skills tests.