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 7 of 15.
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Abbie   Wigan

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

You get a white board and some pens for your mental maths part which you can keep through your exam.

Jack   London

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Hey do you get working paper for the mental test? Or is it really all mental?

Lil   London

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Are you allowed to write anything down for the mental arithmetic? Or any of it at all?

Charlotte   Norfolk

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Just passed my numeracy skills test after stressing about it for a few months. I think people on this website should post supportive comments only. The pgce is intense and stressful enough. It is good that the candidates next year will have done thei... read more »

Abbie   Wigan

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

I have just completed my numeracy QTS exam and passed first time, now I found printing off the 2 available test papers helpful but I did also have a tutor who came once a week which was very beneficial. I hope this is helpful.

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 »

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