The QTS literacy skills tests in a set of four different tests, assessing your literacy ability. There are four sections in this test and they are taken consecutively, at one sitting. We will outline each of the tests below.


The QTS Spelling Test

There are 10 questions in this QTS test. You are presented with a set of sentences with one word missing. You hear this word through your headphones and your task is to successfully type the word into the space provided. The words are generally common in nature but typically have at least three syllables. There is no particular time limit to this section as you have 45 minutes to complete the entire test. However, as there are three other sections in the QTS literacy test you have to ensure that you don’t run out of time. It is therefore important that you are ready to type your answer in quickly.

The QTS Punctuation Test

In this section of the test you are presented with a passage of text that has 15 different punctuation errors. These errors range from simple capital letters and full stops to more complicated punctuation marks such as hyphens and commas. You have to read through the text, find the errors and point them out. The difficulty in this test is that what you may feel is convention, isn’t necessarily so. You have to be sure that when you select an error it actually is one. This means that you will have to understand the text and comprehend it in order to complete the task properly.

The QTS Grammar Test

This section of the QTS test comprises of a number of different texts. They are focused on school based subjects such as open evenings, school trips, and the like. In the text there are typically between three and five sentences missing from the text. For each missing sentence you have a number of different options to select from. It is your task to select the one that is grammatically correct. These sentences are often based on lists where it is easy to muddle yourself into thinking that one option is correct when in reality it isn’t.

A QTS Grammar Test example question:

Choose the best option for the end of the sentence below:

Creative Arts Day will be held during the last week in June. This is ___________________

  1. our annual day in celebration of the work done in Art lessons that we hold every year.
  2. our annual day in celebration of the work done in Art lessons.
  3. our day in celebration of the work done in Art lessons annually.
  4. our day in celebration of the work done in annual Art lessons.

The QTS Comprehension Test

This is a fairly standard comprehension exercise where you have to read through a text and answer questions based on it. The difficulty here is that there are a lot of words to read through. Whereas many verbal comprehension tests are based on texts that are no longer than 250 words, the QTS comprehension test often has more than 600. This makes it significantly different and therefore imperative to practice in advance. Some of the skills you need to demonstrate in this test include:

  • Identifying the main points in a text.
  • Making inferences and deductions.
  • Distinguishing between fact and opinion.
  • Showing a grasp of the relative importance of points being made.
  • Presenting parts of the information conveyed in a different way from the original.
  • Retrieval of facts and specific points.
  • Re-presenting information from several parts of the text.
  • Gathering information from several parts of the text.
  • Seeking evidence relating to statements from or about the text and making judgements.

There are several ways you may be asked to respond to questions, including sequencing information, choosing the main points from a list, matching text to summaries, and more. Most questions are multiple choice, and you have to pick the correct response.

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As we have seen, there are a number of different section in the QTS literacy test. Each one of them requires forethought and preparation in order to succeed. Moreover, if you want to become a teacher passing the QTS skills test is essential. We hope you have found this page informative and look forward to helping you succeed in your test. Good Luck.

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