QTS Numeracy Skills Test

The Numeracy test lasts 48 minutes and is in two sections:

Mental Arithmetic
An audio test for which headphones are needed. (the use of calculators is not permitted in the mental arithmetic part of the test)

On-screen Questions
Interpreting and using statistical information and using and applying general arithmetic. (Use of the on-screen calculator only is permitted in this test)

Numeracy Test Marking


There is a total of 28 marks available in the Numeracy Test. Each question carries one mark. Each section carries the following points:

  • Mental arithmetic - 12
  • Interpreting and using statistical information - 7
  • Using and applying general arithmetic - 9

Numeracy Practice Tests

These links have been updated to reflect the government's recent changes to the Training and Development Agency website, and its amalgamation to the education.gov.uk website. (April 2012)

Numeracy Practice Tests (New Online Tests!) -
http://www.education.gov.uk/QTS/Numeracy2014/assessment_engine.html new
Numeracy Practice Paper 2 -
Numeracy Practice Paper 3 -

The above links are direct links to information provided by The Department of Education www.education.gov.uk/schools
The practice tests are new interactive pages. The non-interactive links will open a PDF document.

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Comments to date: 136. Page 2 of 14.
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Roisin   Northern Ireland

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Hi can anyone tell me do you have to pass both sections in maths, are they combined or is it an average of the 2?

Brian   Plymouth

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

To all the people who think everyone should pass these tests without any problems:

- What about people who are Dyslexic? Extra time for the test does not mean that they will get the answers right!

- What about people who are autistic and have s... read more »

salam ali   manchester

Monday, September 15th, 2014

i passed my literacy first time. I took the numeracy three times and failed each time by 2 and 5 marks.

i feel sick after so much of trying.

S   Manchester

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Hi guys, ive been reading your posts it seems soooo stressful.
I have took the literacy test and passed, numeracy failed twice, got last attempt next week, confident to passs, just revise really hard....Good Luck guys!

Geeta   Birmingham

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

My test would be on next month I am worried about comprehension.

Hayley Male   Birmingham

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

I literally cannot view the practice test because I cant scroll down even when I zoom in or out!!

kelly   Reading

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

For those who can't scroll down to see all of the questions on the page... make your screen size full size and that will solve your problem. Use your tool bar at the top of your browser screen - go to settings and view full screen or alternatively zo... read more »

ws   london

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

It's not good enough as teachers to use the excuse 'I never have to use these skills so why should I learn them.' We do not accept it when students say this. Teaching is about leading by example. 17 million people in the UK have difficulty with nu... read more »

Hannah   Northamptonshire

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

I am due to take my numeracy next week so i'm packing in as much revision as possible! However it is pretty annoying I can't scroll down and see the full question therefore have to terminate the test!

Mandy   Warwickshire

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

I passed my literacy first time but can't see me passing the numeracy. I have been teaching History successfully in a secondary school for 8 years. I have NEVER needed to use any of the maths problems on the skills test.I have seen good teachers forc... read more »

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