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SamuelC96
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Hi All,

Currently, I work full-time as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school (KS2) and study Education Studies part-time with the OU. I am looking into taking my PGCE soon and to take the QTS test.

I did not realise how bad my maths was until I attempted to take a mock Numeracy QTS. I found while trying to work out a question, it moved me onto the next one. I got a very low score, nowhere near the pass mark.

I can do Maths, but my mental arithmetic has always been slow. I passed my GCSE Maths, with a C, but it was on my second attempt and I had to work hard, just for the grade.

This now gives me grave concerns that I will not be able to pass the QTS and ultimately not be able to teach. Any advice out there for anyone who is/was in a similar position, advice would be grand.

Thank you!
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There are many tools online to help with practicing the questions. All it takes is practice.
https://www.qtsmathstutor.co.uk/test/test-1/
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(Original post by SamuelC96)
Hi All,

Currently, I work full-time as a Teaching Assistant in a primary school (KS2) and study Education Studies part-time with the OU. I am looking into taking my PGCE soon and to take the QTS test.

I did not realise how bad my maths was until I attempted to take a mock Numeracy QTS. I found while trying to work out a question, it moved me onto the next one. I got a very low score, nowhere near the pass mark.

I can do Maths, but my mental arithmetic has always been slow. I passed my GCSE Maths, with a C, but it was on my second attempt and I had to work hard, just for the grade.

This now gives me grave concerns that I will not be able to pass the QTS and ultimately not be able to teach. Any advice out there for anyone who is/was in a similar position, advice would be grand.

Thank you,
I'd practice if I were you - I'll bet you can improve loads. I work with numbers all day and have the sort of career where lots of jobs require aptitude (SHL) tests. I always come in the top 5% of the managerial benchmark group on numeracy tests tried one of the teaching tests to show a friend how to do it and was failing..... They might have changed since but did seem the sort of thing you need to practice for.
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Thank you, guys.
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