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Professional Skills Tests

Professional Skills Tests

All students on ITT (Initial Teacher Training) courses must pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the commencement of the course. We strongly encourage candidates to complete the tests prior to applying to Middlesex University. Candidates who are invited to interview and attend the interview having successfully completed the tests will be viewed favourably.

When and how do I book the professional skills tests?

  • Once you have applied for a place on a teacher training course, you can book the tests.
  • Registration and booking for the skills tests takes place on the Department for Education website
  • We encourage you to take your skills tests as soon as possible after applying for the course. You will need to provide evidence of your application to an ITT course when you attend the test centre
  • The tests are computerised and can be taken at any Pearson VUE test centre in the UK The nearest test centres to Middlesex University are in Southgate, Holborn, Southwark, Watford and Uxbridge.

How do I prepare for the tests?

1. Complete a practice test (make use of the support materials), this will enable you to identify your areas of strength and areas for development.

  • There are interactive practice tests on the Department for Education website for literacy and numeracy
  • Middlesex University's Learner Enhancement Team has produced a video of mental arithmetic tips and tricks specifically for the numeracy test
  • You can also find a number of independent online resources. We have listed some below.

Teachers Talk
TES tips for the numeracy skills test
TES tips for the literacy skills test

2. Read up books offering advice for passing the tests. A quick web search will reveal numerous titles. Some of the more popular titles include:

  • Passing the Literacy Skills Test (Achieving QTS series) by Jim Johnson
  • Passing the Numeracy Skills Test (Achieving QTS series) by Mark Patmore
  • Pass the QTS Numeracy Skills Test with Ease by Vali Nasser
  • Passing the Professional Skills Tests for Teachers and Getting into ITT by Barker, Bond, Johnson, Patmore and Weiss

Some of these may be more helpful for you than others - search for them on the web and read user reviews to get an idea of what may be most helpful for you.

3. If you are applying for BA Primary Education and are currently at school or college, ask your tutors for support.

4. Engage with the support offered by Middlesex University - book an Open Day (for BA Primary Education) or Open Evening (for PGCE and School Direct).

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