Skills Test

Introduction of pre-entry skills tests

“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.”

Introduction of charges for re-sits

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 skills tests

The pass mark for the skills tests will be 63%.

Practice tests

All candidates are encouraged to use the practice material available on the DfE website, 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.

Applications for this course are handled via UCAS.


How would you rate the overall course quality on a scale of 1 to 10? I have rated the course a ten. My main reason behind this is due to the course been so current. I enjoy each training session and I am always able to implement what I have learned into my practice. I enjoy that sessions are run by current teachers who have up to date knowledge.

Trainee Teacher 2016-17