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: 139. Page 3 of 14.
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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 »

Joanna   Leeds

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

I passed my literacy first time, but really struggling with the numeracy! I've spent months revising and every practise test that I do, I fail! Not giving me much hope for the real test! I can't scroll down either so not able to see some of the quest... read more »

greg   london

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

I am a maths and science teacher and private tutor so if you need help and you are in the West London, Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire are, please email me on geze53 at gmail dot com and I will help you pass that test so that you can pursue your chosen ... read more »

jess   manchester

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Well it turned out I had failed. My next text isn't till the 9th July and I'm really worried as I don't think the practice material out there is up to scratch. Can any one remember any of the questions they saw on the Numeracy test? I need to practic... read more »

sarah   east midlands

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Hello,I'm in the same situation failed my numeracy twice and have to pass it my 31st July. I ask myself will I ever use this with working with early years children. I have a lot of experience with working with early years and I know that this is just... read more »

Hannah   London

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

You can't even scroll down on these tests!! And the mental maths test audio is all choppy and seems to cut off at all the wrong points.

Jess   Manchester

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Literacy all done and passed but I took my numeracy today. Although I get extra time and a paper based test, I'm doubtful that I've passed. Because it's a paper based test I don't find out the results for 1-3 weeks. (I'm left hanging!) I really belie... read more »


Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I took my literacy test twice last year but didn't get into University. So, I went back to college to complete my English and maths and achieved the required grade. I recently took the test and failed third time by 1 mark and now I'm locked out for t... read more »

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