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: 144. Page 4 of 15.
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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 »

ak   london

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Passed my literacy first time and I barely revised... however dreading my numeracy... failed my first go! I just dont see how those types of questions are relevant for early years/lower primary school teachers! Seriously must be putting off more peop... read more »

Danielle   Scunthorpe

Monday, May 19th, 2014

I passed my numeracy first time last week, however, I have been teaching myself for the six months all the knowledge I needed. I'm on my last go on the literacy, and I don't know what to do, I have failed by one mark each time and I pass all the onli... read more »

Kirsty   Birmingham

Friday, May 9th, 2014

I've passed my English first time but dreading this maths test! What makes it worse is that I can't seem to get onto these practice papers! t keeps stating that an error has been found :/ help!

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.

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