Could you pass the maths test to become a teacher?

Think you've conquered the world of maths? Take this quiz and see if you've got the skills of a math teacher

So you think you're good at maths. You can solve quadratic equations in your sleep and you know the sine and cosine rules by heart. Trigonometry holds no fear. Perhaps your enthusiasm could even hlep inspire a new generation of mathematicians. But are you good enough to pass the Maths Teacher Test?

Every prospective teach needs to take the professional skills tests, covering literacy and numeracy, before they can being their training.

Numeracy skills tests come in two part: one on mental arithmetic and a second that tests written arithmetic and the ability to interpret data.

We've selected 12 questions form the Department for Education's mental arithmetic practice tests. In the rest test, prospective teachers have to listen to the question then work out the answer in their heads within a time limit. We've made it slightly easier by giving you multiple choices and no time limit - so can you get 12 out of 12? Remember: No calculators allowed!


How did you get on? If you did well, perhaps you really could take charge of a classroom.

Teachers are in high demand right now – the number of children at primary and secondary schools is growing fast and we need more teachers to create the next generation of CEOs, nurses, scientists and engineers. It’s the profession that starts every other.

The job is rewarding in lots of ways. New teachers start on a minimum salary of £22,000 to £28,000 depending on their school’s location, and those who rise up the ladder to take on leadership roles earn an average of £57,500 – with many earning substantially more than that.

To encourage the best candidates, tax-free bursaries of up to £26,000 are available. Alternatively, if you want to teach physics, maths, chemistry, computing, languages or geography you can apply for a scholarship of £28,000.

If you teach maths, you could get £30,000 - a £20,000 tax-free bursary while in training, and another £10,000 once you've started teaching. But it's not just about money: great teachers can make their class take something home to think about at the end of the day - and not just their homework. Teaching is a career with real purpose.

Don't forget to share your score in the comments section below and tell us what you think of teaching as a career.

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