Candidates may take as many attempts per subject as they require. This has effect from 14 February 2018 and applies to all candidates. Any test taken from 14 February 2018 therefore counts as a first attempt.

Before booking a resit, you should consider any areas of weakness which were highlighted on the score report of your previous attempt. If you fail 2 resits (3 tests in total) in either numeracy or literacy, you will be charged for any further attempts.

Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to revise before you resit a test. Practice materials and guidance to help you prepare are available on the literacy and numeracy pages.

After a minimum period of 48 hours since the previous test, you will be able to log into your account to book the resit.

Test outcome validity

Skills test passes for applicants to ITT courses remain valid for 3 years. You must start an ITT course within this period. If you are applying for a course which starts beyond the period of validity, you will need to re-take the skills tests.


The first 3 attempts at each numeracy and literacy test are provided free of charge. Resits after your third attempt are charged at £19.25 each. Payment will be required by credit or debit card when booking.

Failure to attend a test appointment may result in the loss of fees or the loss of entitlement to a free attempt.

Getting help

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

Telephone: 0300 303 9613