Skills Tests

We advise you to take your compulsory Skills Test in advance of applying for a School Direct place. In instances where places are limited then we may decide in favour of candidates who have already passed both Skills Tests.

Click here to access the Professional Skills Tests Gov Portal

Important Information Regarding Resits

Candidates may take no more than 2 resits per subject. This came into effect from Saturday 1 September 2012 and applies to all candidates. Unsuccessful attempts by any existing trainees prior to 1 September 2012 do not count towards this limit. Any test taken from Saturday 1 September 2012 therefore counts as a first attempt. More information can be found here

Online Resources

Numeracy Ready – Free online support website for the Numeracy Skills Test. Includes articles such as:
– 5 Top Tips to Help you Pass the Numeracy Skills Test
– Is this the Hardest Question on the Numeracy Skills Test?
– Cumulative Frequency Graphs Explained
The articles are based on experience of helping over 12,000 teachers pass the test, and data from over 9,000,000 practice questions attempted at

Booking the skills tests:

Candidates can book their skills tests once they have submitted their application through UCAS Teacher Training. They can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before they attend the test centre.

Book your skills test here:

What you need to bring:

Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.

You’ll also need to bring proof of your teacher training application. The evidence that will be accepted are:

· a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training
· correspondence from your school or university
· a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form
· confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

For more information on how to access these tests please visit: