“Anyone applying for an initial teacher training (ITT) course is required to have passed the skills tests before starting the course.
Once an applicant has submitted an application form for an ITT course, he or she will be eligible to book skills tests via the DfE website.”
Skills tests candidates will continue to receive their first attempt at each test free of charge but will be charged for re-sits from 1 September 2012. A charge of £19.25 will be levied at the time of booking a test on-line (price as at 31 August 2014 ).
The pass mark for the skills tests will be 63%.
All candidates are encouraged to use the practice material available on the DfE website, www.education.gov.uk. The practice material includes interactive tests which will help candidates to decide if they are ready to take the test or need to improve their skills further before booking a test.
When I was in my main placement I was in Years 2 and 3 and I realised that I wanted some experience in Early Years too. The SCITT Programme Leader managed to make sure I taught there too before I applied for jobs. It really came in handy in my interview and I got the first job, in an outstanding school.