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 7 of 14.
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Sarah   London

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

If struggling with maths skills test - look for Mats Maths video on youtube or search 'qts numeracy test trainee teachers' and its the top one. Cannot recommend enough. He talks you through the answers to the practice tests and the best ways to answ... read more »

Natasha   Plymouth

Friday, March 8th, 2013

18 seconds for mental arithmetic. Not my idea of fun! The ironic thing is; I got 1st's in my statistic modules at Uni but have no skill for adding up in my head. Surely these tests should be looking for our ability to actually TEACH? I have a calcula... read more »


Saturday, February 9th, 2013

I have an interview next month and have been told about these skill test. I am okay for the literacy one, but the Maths one OMG. I am so scared and even thinking of not attending my interview as I know I will not pass the mental maths! 18 sec to answ... read more »

William Whiting   Halesowen

Monday, February 4th, 2013

My daughter is completing an Education Degree and hoping to do a PGCE at Birmingham University. I have tried to do one test and find that it is geared for Year 10/12 Maths and no primary school pupil would be under such pressure to complete these. If... read more »

Dan   London

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Dave Loboda, What a ridiculous statement to make, just because you have a strength in that particular skill-set doesn't mean that others (who may struggle with mathematics) could not teach their own subject area far more effectively than you. Your op... read more »

Dave Loboda   Bromsgrove

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Some retired teachers use this website because they are looking for information to help in coaching prospective teachers who need help to pass the QTS skills test. They were also fully trained "years ago" first gaining a Teaching Certificate at a te... read more »

Cleo   Hampshire

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Joe London, your comment made me chuckle but indeed correct. Ironic that some retired teachers are on this website? Why I wonder? Not only that, half the teachers who became teachers (years ago) had no real training at all. So how on earth would some... read more »

Joe   London

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

To those who 'despair' at the future of the profession or can't understand why such a 'simple' test create panic - your missing two key points. Firstly, maths is something that either comes naturally or doesn't; if it does, lucky you. Secondly, is do... read more »

John   London

Monday, November 5th, 2012

My son had his first shot at the 2 QTS basic skills tests last week. He got full marks on numeracy (having got a C grade in his Maths GCSE) and failed the Literacy paper by a couple of marks (having got an A grade in his English GCSE). I was slight... read more »

John   Hull

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Did your degree teach you about capital letters? Hope you never teach my son.

"after studying for a degree in english literature, to become an english teacher i'm appalled that i actually have to do a basic literacy test!! also after proving i ha... read more »

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