If you apply for a teacher training course at a training provider in England which starts on or after 1 July 2013, you must pass the Teaching Agency’s professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before you can start the course. You can have 3 attempts at each test – the first is free but there is a charge for the next two attempts.
After you have sent your application to the GTTR and you have received your Welcome letter, you need to book dates to take the skills tests on the Department for Education’s website at www.education.gov.uk/teachskillstests
You will need to take your Welcome letter to the test centre as evidence that you have already applied for teacher training.
Training providers may use skills tests’ results to make a decision on your application, so you should aim to pass these tests as soon as possible after you have submitted your application to give yourself the best chance of obtaining a place.
For more information about the professional skills tests, visit www.education.gov.uk/teachskillstests.