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I have already taken and passed my skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Will these still be valid when I begin my initial teacher training?

Professional skills test passes for applicants to ITT courses remain valid for 3 years. You must start an ITT course within this period. If your ITT course starts beyond the period of validity, you will need to re-take the skills tests.

As of February 2018, candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass, and all candidates will be able to book up to three tests, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject. For more information, please visit

The DfE have announced proposed changes to the professional skills test for teachers from 2020 – details to be confirmed.