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 6 of 15.
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Jenny Smith   Doncaster

Friday, July 19th, 2013

I think the numeracy tests are extremely unfair. They are not a bit like the practice tests. After getting a conditional offer place at Brighton I am not able to go as I was one mark off passing on my 3rd attempt. The system stinks if you ask me!

Fliss   Grantham

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

What is the pass mark for the numeracy test? So glad that I can write stuff for the mental maths part as was failing miserably when practising without!

Jane   midlands

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Are the tests very similar to the practise tests?

Brendan   London

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Just had a quick look at the numeracy skills test. I tried it without the aid of writing materials and failed miserably. I'm 56, so it's a long time since my maths degree and the old cogs aren't turning as they used to. Still, it's good to see the co... read more »

Lucy   Library

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

I've just tried these tests with no prior knowledge of what would be in them and no practice or revision just to see how difficult they are. I'm not a teacher nor do I plan on becoming one, but I would not be happy if any of my children were being ta... read more »

Georgia   Norwich

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

I've just taken it first time and failed by 3 marks, though have bought the Mats Maths videos now. I can understand why its here, but either you get maths or you don't and I don't. Is this just me finding it difficult?

Joanne   Leeds West Yorkshire

Monday, May 27th, 2013

I have my final attempt at numeracy on Wednesday. I am 50 years old and have been working in schools as a Nursery Nurse for over 30 years often doing the job of a teacher. If I am unsuccessful this time then my dream of becoming a teacher will be ove... read more »

Andy Kellett   East Yorkshire

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

My son is eighteen and set his heart on becoming a primary school teacher. He has got a place at university, revising for his forthcoming A levels has passed his literacy basic skills test first time, but has just failed his basic skills numeracy for... read more »

Emma   Brighton

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Might also be worth checking out Numeracy Ready, a practice website for the QTS Numeracy Skills Test - you get 20 practice tests and 20 improvement packs for less than 20. Hope this helps, good luck everybody :)

John Pawson   Lancs

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

How long did it take everyone to revise for this, from starting to finishing? I think I may have left it too late, but I see a lot of positive comments about their experiences.

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