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The LANTITE (Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education) is a mandatory test provided by ACER for all students enrolled in initial teacher education programs in Australia (either undergraduate or postgraduate). Students' demonstrated literacy and numeracy skills must fall in the top 30% of Australia's adult population.

LANTITE is a computer-based test. The whole test consists of 130 questions and lasts 4 hours. The test can be taken either at a test center or via remote proctoring (under certain requirements).

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The LANTITE test's sections – structure and timing

LANTITE – literacy section

📚 Total of 65 questions, 120 minutes (2 hours) test time.
📚 Two sections: Reading skills and Technical writing skills.
📚 About 44 (two-thirds) of questions are based on reading texts.
📚 About 21 (one-third) of the questions assess technical skills of writing.
📚 Either multiple-choice or short answer question-formats.

LANTITE – numeracy 


📱 Total of 65 questions, 120 minutes (2 hours) test time. 
📱 Two sections: Calculator available and Non-calculator, each timed separately.
📱 52 (four-fifths) of the questions are calculator available, with access to an online basic calculator. 90-95 minute time limit.
📱 13 (one fifth) of the questions are non-calculator questions. 25-30 minute time limit.
📱 Scrap paper for written calculations is allowed.
📱 Either multiple-choice or short answer question-formats.

Expanding on the LANTITE test's sections and sections


Literacy section

Reading Texts section

    • Three text formats:
      1. continuous - sentences are organized into paragraphs, pages, sections and chapters.
      2. non-continuous - info is organized in graphic or diagrammatic forms (e.g. lists, tables, graphs, maps or forms).
      3. mixed - half, or less than half, of the content, is non-continuous.

    • Three text-types are used: 
      1. descriptive, informative and persuasive
      2. procedural, regulatory and technical
      3. narrative

    • Three Reading processes are evaluated:
      1. accessing and identifying - locating one or more pieces of information in the text.
      2. integrating and interpreting - relating parts of the text to each other, understanding implied meanings within the text, understanding the text as a whole.
      3. evaluating and reflecting - relating the text to knowledge, ideas or values external to the text.

Technical writing section:

  • Four components comprise the 'technical writing' section:
    1. syntax and grammar – identifying errors or writing the correct form of verbs, subjects, pronouns and punctuation in the text. 
    2. spelling – identifying errors or writing the correct form of words that are commonly misspelled, or words of irregular forms, that are likely to be part of a teacher's vocabulary.
    3. word-usage - identifying the word closest in meaning to a given word.
    4. text organisation - structuring texts to make them logical and coherent.

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Numeracy section

  • Three components comprise the numeracy section (both Calculator available and Non-calculator sections):
    1. numbers and algebra - basic operations, proportional reasoning, ratios, fractions, conversions, percentages, decimals, scientific notation, budgeting, interest calculations, simple formulas, calculation of GST, etc.
    2. statistics and probability - interpreting mathematical information given in graphs and tables, reading and interpreting statistic data, comparing data sets or statistics, calculating probabilities, etc.
    3. measurement and geometry - timetabling and scheduling, travel calculation (speed/time/distance), geometry, symmetry, quantities, area and volume calculations, correctly using a given routine formula, unit-conversion, correctly reading and using maps, plans, scales, and bearings, etc.
  • Three numeracy processes are evaluated:
    1. identifying numerical information and meaning in texts, charts, tables etc.
    2. applying mathematical knowledge and problem-solving processes
    3. interpreting, evaluating and correctly representing numerical data.

LANTITE – Results and scoring

LANTITE results are released approximately a month after the testing window finishes.

Upon receiving your test report, you will be notified whether your personal literacy and numeracy skills have met the expected minimum standard of a prospective teacher.

NOTICE! The exact number of questions you must answer correctly to meet the standard varies from one test administration to another. Therefore, the number of questions or a percentage figure needed to meet the standard cannot be provided.
Your test result will be given to you in the form of a statement, indicating whether you are above, at or below the standard required in the Literacy or Numeracy sections, as well as in each of their components. It does so by locating you in one of three bands in each section: 


Band 3: your score significantly exceeds the standard.
Band 2: your score meets and exceeds the standard.
Band 1: your score is below the standard.


The statement also indicates how far above or below the standard your test-score is. For example, locating you in Band 2, informs you that you reached the standard or passed it a little, while locating you in Band 3, informs you that you are way above the standard.


Here is an illustration of how your score appears: 


*In the Numeracy section, in addition to scoring each of the section's components, scores will be given for each of its sections - Calculator available and Non-calculator.


This information indicates not only whether you passed the test by meeting the standard, but also presents you with your areas of strength and weakness. Therefore, in case your 'Literacy' or 'Numeracy' score is below the standard, the sections' component-scores can provide you with focus areas when studying for the next LANTITE.

Note! It is possible to have a section's LANTITE score that meets or exceeds the standard without achieving the standard in every component of that section. For example, on the Numeracy section a student could receive a 'Below standard' (Band 1) score on the Numbers & Algebra component yet still receive a 'meets and exceeds the standard' (Band 2) score on the Numeracy section because of stronger performance on other topics.

LANTITE – Section Specific Tips for Preparing

Literacy section reading Texts section

  • On many occasions it is recommended to read the question first, notice what you are being asked and identify the process you need to perform (whether it is accessing and identifying, integrating and interpreting or evaluating and reflecting)
  • Mark key words in the question and find the corresponding paragraph in the text.
  • When asked about a quote taken from the text, differentiate between a general-text question and a quote-specific question.
  • A general text question relates the quote to the rest of the text, using expressions like: "According to the text..." or "How does the quotation relate to the rest of the text…" etc. The key to these questions is carefully re-reading the quote and the surrounding text.
  • A quote-specific question implies that the answer is lying within the quote, using expressions like: "Which word in this sentence…" The key to these questions is expanding your vocabulary through wide reading.

Technical writing section

  • Notice grammar and syntax, by familiarising yourself with the different spelling and usage for commonly confused words, like its vs. it's, there vs. their vs. they're, etc.
  • Familiarise yourself with punctuation rules – where and when in a sentence different punctuation marks, they are needed, which is the correct punctuation mark to be used.
  • When asked to correctly structure a text (i.e. put it in the correct order), read it as a whole after structuring it and validate its logic and coherence.
  • Expand your vocabulary by reading widely

Numeracy section

  • Make sure you are comfortable using a basic calculator – four operations, percentages, decimal point etc.
  • Refresh your memory regarding various math topics, such as: fractions, decimals, percentages, ratios, proportions, unit conversions, statistics and probability, geometry, percentage formulas, travel and work formulas, geometric formulas, etc.
  • Gain familiarity with common conversions between fractions, decimals and percentages. For example, 1/5=0.2=20%.
  • When facing numerical word-problems, charts, or tables:
    Read the problem carefully. 
    Don't be overwhelmed by the amount of data or information that is provided.
    Pay attention to what you are being asked.
    Mark important and relevant data and details.
    Understand, process and plan your steps of calculation.
    Re-check your calculation.
  • Practice mental math in everyday situations like calculating discounts and change at stores. This will help you build confidence on both the calculator and non-calculator portions of the test.

LANTITE – General Tips for Preparing

It is better to answer a question than to leave it un-answered, since marks are not deducted for incorrect responses.


💡 Remember you're not alone! Consider finding a study group at your university. If there isn't one already, consider starting one with other education students who are preparing for the LANTITE.

💡 Look into your options of taking the test where and when it is most convenient for you;
💡 Remote proctoring is an option that allows you to sit the test at a time and place of your choice. Note that your university may have its own requirements for when students sit the test. 
💡 You should ask your higher education provider if they require you to sit the test at a certain point in your program. If they don't, you may take the test at the time that is most convenient for you: before, during, or after completing your studies.  

LANTITE - Sample questions

LANTITE - Literacy

1) The sentence below contains one misspelt word.

The interventions prooved effective in reducing bullying.

Type the word as it should appear (in lowercase letters without punctuation).

The correct answer is proved.

The word proved was spelled incorrectly as 'prooved' in the sentence. To prove is an irregular verb, which means that it does not take on the regular spelling patterns of regular verbs in the past simple or past participle. Regular verbs in the past simple tense follow the pattern of adding either d, ed or ied to the end of the word. For example, close = closed, play = played, marry = married. In this case, the question conjugates the infinitive 'prove' in the past simple conjugation 'proved'.


LANTITE - Numerical

Ron and Harvard are participating in a bike race. Both Ron's and Harvard's velocities (in km/h) are presented in the speedometers below. 
Lantite Test

Both Ron and Harvard ride professional bikes with wheel diameters of 70 cm and 60 cm respectively. Whose RPM measurement is greater, and by how much?

*Velocity units are km per hour (km/h).
*RPM to km/h Conversion Formula is: v = d x RPM x 0.001885, in which d represents the wheel’s diameter in cm.



The correct answer is (D) - Harvard, by 96 RPMs.

Looking at both Ron and Harvard’s speedometers, it is important to remember that they indicate each of the contestants' velocities, measured in km/h. Ron's speedometer shows that he rides at 34 km/h and Harvard's speedometer shows that he rides at 40 km/h. 
When extracting the data from the question, it is beneficial to organize it in a simple and easy to handle way:

*At all times, it's important to notice the measurement's units in order to solve the question correctly.

According to the RPM to km/h Conversion Formula: v = d x RPM x 0.001885 In order to calculate each contestant's RPM, extract from the formula:
RPM = v/(d*0.001885)
Now, substitute the variables with the data given in the question: Ron's RPM = 34/(70*0.001885) = 257.67 Harvard's RPM = 40/(60*0.001885) = 353.67 As can be seen, Harvard's RPM measurement is bigger than Ron's.

Calculate by how much Harvard's RPM measurement is bigger than Ron's: 353.67 – 257.67 = 96 RPMs.


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