Professional skills tests

Important: Changes to Professional Skills Test

Professional Skills Test has been replaced with provider-led assurance for all new entrants into teacher training from 1 April 2020. Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers will assure a candidate's fundamental English and mathematics either before or during their course. This applies to all routes into teaching.

The Skills Tests Test centres closed permanently on 24 June 2020.

Trainee teachers who are 'deferred for skills test' started their training between 2001 and 1 July 2013, but have not been recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) because they have not passed Professional Skills Test. If these trainees still wish to be recommended for QTS they must take an alternative route into teaching.

This can be any currently recognised route that leads to QTS (e.g., Assessment Only, PGCE with QTS etc.) Their 'deferred for skills test' status will be disregarded and they will be recommended for QTS based on their success in the new route they have taken. Teachers who completed training between May 2000 and April 2001, were awarded QTS but have not completed their induction because they did not pass a Numeracy Skills Test are no longer required to pass a Numeracy Skills Test as part of their induction. If they have successfully completed all other elements of their induction, they may contact the Appropriate Body which can decide if they have satisfactorily completed other elements of their induction. If they have not completed all other elements of the induction, they can continue with their induction without the need to pass a Numeracy Skills Test.

If you are due to start your ITT course, please contact your ITT provider regarding the assurance of your functional English and mathematics skills.

Getting help

For Skills Tests results from previous years please contact Teacher Qualifications Unit on

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.