Are you a prospective teacher preparing for your professional numeracy skills test? Well the following are a compilation of all the common mistakes we have heard students describe to us when preparing for the numeracy skills test:
Mistake: I revised using the governments numeracy skills test and after sitting them 3 times each my mark was really high.
Thoughts: Sitting the government tests is always a good idea but be aware that as you repeat the tests you will naturally start to remember the specific questions and answers and therefore your mark will increase each time you sit the tests giving you a false sense of actual improvement.
Mistake: I bought a numeracy skills book to help me revise but I failed my first attempt
Thoughts: Numeracy skills books are a good introduction to the professional skills tests but they can’t replicate the actual test and therefore their usefulness is limited. To see a full review of numeracy skills books visit our dedicated page.
Mistake: I used my first attempt as a practice go but still didn’t pass on my second attempt and now I only have one attempt left.
Thoughts: You should try and prepare so that you give yourself the best possible chance of passing your first attempt of the numeracy skills test. This sounds obvious but many under estimate how difficult it is
Mistake: I signed up to a different numeracy skills practice site with 20 tests but they were all the same and a lot easier than the real exam which I failed.
Thoughts: Unfortunately we hear this a lot. There are a number of other numeracy skills practice sites out there but many haven’t updated their questions for years and they don’t reflect the difficulty or format of the professional numeracy skills tests. At QTS Maths Tutor we are constantly updating our questions and content.
Mistake: I booked a maths tutor from another website to help learn the best methods for the test but they weren’t that helpful
Thoughts: When booking a maths tutor ensure they have numeracy skills test experience as simply teaching Maths will not be that useful. There are intricacies such as 1/8 is 0.125 is 12.5%, that you need to know instantly in order to succeed with the mental arithmetic section. If a maths tutor hasn’t had experience with the numeracy skills test then they may not know which methods are best suited to the test.
Mistake: I have always struggled with Maths but I thought I could pass this test and I took my first two attempts and now I on my last attempt I really need some help. Can you book me a tutor please?
Thoughts: Yes we can help! However, if you are just setting out to revise for you numeracy skills test and you know you struggle with Maths then look to get support before your final attempt as the pressure builds up and for this reason we believe it is easier to pass your test on the first or second attempt. This said if you are all ready on your third attempt of course we will still help you.
Mistake: I revised from the numeracy skills test books and thought I was ready for the test but failed.
Thoughts: As all ready mentioned, the numeracy skills books you can buy are not the best way to prepare for the test or measure how ready you are. A good measure is what you are scoring on the government practice test or the QTS Maths Tutor practice tests, the first time you have sat them. If on a new test you score above 18, you are probably ready to sit your test. If you score 20 on three tests in a row you are all most certainly ready to take your test. Our data shows that those individuals who score 20 or above on the QTS Maths Tutor practice tests have a 98% chance of passing their numeracy skills test regardless of whether it is their first, second or third attempt.