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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Monday, February 8th, 2016

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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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!

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