I thought it would be useful to have a thread here for the Professional Skills Tests (or QTS tests).
So, what are the skills tests?
The skills tests consist of one literacy and one numeracy test. The tests are the same standard for everyone, whether you are just finishing your A levels or whether you are 30 and changing careers!
When do you have to take them?
You need to have completed these tests before you can start a teaching course in 2013(be it undergraduate or postgraduate!). However, you need to submit an application before you can take the tests, as you will be asked for proof of your application when you go to take the test.
Where can you take them?
There are various centres all over the UK where you can take the tests.
How can I prepare?
There are practise tests available online that resemble the test exactly:
To book and register for the tests go here:
There is a mental maths section and an on-screen question section. You will be given a whiteboard and pen to jot down your working out on for both sections. Both sections will run straight on from each other.
Mental maths = 12 questions.
On-screen test = 16 questions.
The current pass mark is 18/28.
Top tip: Revise times tables!
This test is divided into four sections: spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension. The marks you need to get to pass will vary in this test as the amount of marks you can get will vary.
-The pass mark is 63% for each test.
-Each test must be completed within 45 minutes, unless special arrangements have been granted.
Please note, the government have announced changes to the QTS tests for 2014 entry. Currently, it is not clear whether people who have taken the QTS tests in this cycle will have to sit the new tests if they have to apply in the next cycle. The new tests will be of Grade B GCSE standard.
Has yours come through yet?