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The Professional QTS Skills Test Updates, Changes and No Lock out Period

By QTS Maths Tutor|2018-10-27T12:49:44+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Numeracy Skills Blog|

The education minister, Nick Gibb, has announced the largest change to the professional QTS Skills Tests since the tests were totally overhauled back in 2012. The key changes to the literacy skills and numeracy skills tests are summarised below:

The 2 year lock out period ends:

Soon to be teachers will now have unlimited attempts at both professional qts skills tests from the 12th of February 2017. Any student currently locked out should be notified via email on the 15th of February 2018.

Refunds and more attempts:

Those aspiring teachers who have previously failed either the numeracy skills test or the literacy test will be allowed to retake it from the 15th of February 2018 and will have unlimited attempts. Those who have paid for a retake after the 24th of October 2017 will also be automatically refunded their fees.

No Content Changes:

Both the QTS numeracy test and literacy test will remain as challenging as ever. After the 2017 updates to the numeracy skills test the exams are still tricky and new question types appear every other week which suggest the large question bank used by learndirect is not running out anytime soon.

Numeracy Skills Practice Test:

The numeracy skills practice tests by QTS Maths Tutor are still the most relevant tests to revise from. Our tests have been updated weekly since the 2017 changes to ensure all the new question types appear in our revision materials. From new mental arithmetic questions to different types of cumulative frequency curve questions, we have captured all the question types that appear on the professional QTS numeracy test.

Initial Teacher Training providers:

The initial teacher training providers or ITT’s have been informed that they must not discriminate against people who have had more attempts of either qts skills test and that they should make provisions for more applications this year.

QTS Maths Tutor welcomes the changes as we will now be able to help more people to pass their professional skills tests that otherwise would have been locked out for 2 years. We are putting in place extra support over the coming weeks to answer any questions that prospective teachers may have about the qts skills test changes announced by Nick Gibb and we will look out and report on any other updates or changes made by the Department for Education.

If you are now in the process of preparing for your numeracy skills test or literacy skills test then get in touch with QTS Maths Tutor and we will be happy to help.

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