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 4 of 14.
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Donna   Colchester

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

However, one box doesn't fit all. For example if you are a music genius or super at french should you need to be able to pass this test? probably not. I'm sure anyone wanting to teach english of math would walk these tests.

Donna   Colchester

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Yes, they do blow your mind. However, if you can't pass these tests you shouldn't be teaching. If you study you'll pass. This isn't to stop people from teaching it's to ensure we have the best.

roti 56   Tottenham

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

It took Mr Gove 'SIX' attempts to pass his driving test...food for thought. Also you can fail your driving test over and over until you pass. I would have thought putting a limit on taking a driving test would make more sense. Just a thought..!!!

Dawn   Derby

Monday, September 9th, 2013

I have my skills test (both) in 3 weeks and am dreading them. I did a dummy run of the literacy test and did it in 22 mins and got 75%. BUT did my numeracy, got half way through and failed it miserably.

I understand the rationale behind the test... read more »

saby   hounslow

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

the government have mad a huge mistake, if nobody is able to pass these tests, there will one day be a shortage of teachers as no1 managed to get on the course. the stupid government just want money which is why they have done this. pathetic to be ho... read more »

Alice   Bedford

Friday, August 30th, 2013

I believe these tests are a total waste of time. I agree with the comments peviously made. They knock your confidence and question your academic ability.
I have gained GCSEs, A Levels and a degree, however, this clearly isn't good enough for Mr Go... read more »

creaganturic   Wiltshire

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Lucy and some of the other self righteous geniuses commenting on this. It is quite a different thing to do the tests without any pressure. You have nothing to lose. Try imagining going in as if something very important depends on it. Knowing you only... read more »

Lee   London

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

I have passed my numeracy test today, after 1 and 1/2 month hard work! I would say try and study KS3 essential maths , plus Vali Nasser's pass the QTS numeracy skills test with ease. good luck to you all.

Maxine   Boston Lincolnshire

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

I have watched my daughter study her heart out to get A*'s in most of her GCSE's and A Levels's only to have her self esteem and confidence knocked out of her on the numeracy test, her dream has gone. This is not a good way to find quality teachers.

Lee   London

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

sing this epetition if you think the re-sit period should be reduced!
epetions direct gov uk petitions 52868

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