Professional skills tests

Important: Changes to Professional Skills Test

If your teacher training course starts on or after 1 April 2020, you are not required to take the professional skills tests. The course provider will assure that you have the fundamental English and mathematics to become a teacher either at interview or during the training course.
If you are applying for a teacher training course that starts before 1 April 2020, you must pass the professional skills tests for numeracy and literacy before you begin your training.

A national full service provision until 14 June 2020 will remain available, after this date all test centres will close for skills test.

Initial teacher training (ITT) providers are responsible for checking that all trainees meet the current ITT entry requirements for the skills tests, before they start the course.

The skills tests:

  • are in addition to the GCSE grade C or grade 4 equivalence entry requirement
  • are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher
  • assess the use of real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter
  • are computerised and can be taken at PSI skills test approved test centres throughout the UK
  • go through a stringent quality assurance procedure
  • are extensively piloted and the performance of each test is regularly monitored

You can find more information about the skills tests in the context of teacher training via the Get into teaching website.

Changes to the arrangements for taking the skills tests

In February 2018, changes to the arrangements for the skills tests were announced.

• Candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass.
• The 2-year lockout period will be removed; candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
• All candidates will be able to book 3 tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.

If you have paid for and taken a second or third attempt at a test on or after 24 October 2017 and before 14 February 2018, you will automatically receive a refund for the cost of your test.

Getting help

PSI's helpdesk is available from Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Telephone: 0300 303 9613

Email: support@sta.psionline.com and complaints@sta.psionline.com

You can contact the Teaching Information Line on 0800 389 2500 for advice on teacher training more widely, including what’s involved in teacher training; qualification queries; funding options; and arranging school experience. The Teaching Information Line can also help you to check if you’re eligible to receive one-to-one support from a qualified teacher to prepare for the skills tests and get ready for interviews. Alternatively you could visit the Get into Teaching website for more information.