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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wasiq khilji   Hounslow

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

hi I am wasiq and I want start my teaching career can anybody tell me in easy words how to start. I have got masters from UK uni and by subject I am interested in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Geography

Liz   Wirral

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

As intervention in schools increases SLT are looking at ALL staff being able to support students with numeracy and literacy and would expect an adult to be confident in both subjects. Therfore these tests are a must

nisha   Birmingham

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

These test are not needed, i have been teaching as an unqualified teachers and was rated by Ofsted as outstanding, so why do we need these silly tests. I am looked out for two years too. I passed Literacy in fifteen minutes but failed my maths by 8, ... read more »

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 »

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