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The QTS literacy skills test is used to measure how well you comprehend and interpret written data. This section is a key part of the QTS professional skills tests, since it assesses important English proficiency skills needed to be a qualified teacher. The Department for Education administers these QTS tests to assess hopeful educators on their teaching capabilities, basic professional skills and desirable traits. The exam is computer-based and has a 45-minute time limit.

What Skills Does the QTS Literacy Test Assess?

The QTS literacy test is used to evaluate test-takers’ spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension abilities. The exam consists of about 41-49 questions (depending on which version of the test you take) and allocates approximately 48 minutes to complete, so you will also be assessed on the speed and accuracy of your answers.

QTS Literacy Skills Test Sections


For this portion of the QTS literacy test, you will be assessed based on how well you are able to formulate sentences and choose the correct spelling for missing words.

You will be provided with a set of headphones so that you can listen to a series of questions posed as sentences. These sentences will be missing one word and you will be asked to select the most appropriate word with the correct spelling to insert into this sentence.

The words presented are chosen because of their common use amongst teachers. This section offers 10 marks in total.


For this section of the test QTS literacy test, you will be evaluated based on your ability to locate punctuation errors.

You will be presented with a piece of writing containing various punctuation errors, which can range from simply adding a comma or capitalising words, to understanding when and where colons and apostrophes should be used.

Although adding in unnecessary punctuation will not earn you extra points, you will also not be marked down for doing so. This section offers a total of 15 marks.


For this section of the test QTS literacy test, you will be evaluated based on your ability to identify poor grammar and your understanding of proper grammatical usage.  

You will be given a set of passages consisting of school-related topics. Your goal will be to complete passages by selecting the correct choice that makes the most grammatical sense, as well as to locate the sentences which are grammatically correct.

This section has 10-12 available marks, depending on which version of the test you take.


For this section of the test QTS literacy test, you will be assessed on how well you read and comprehend written information. Comprehension can be further explained as being able to identify main points, make deductions, differentiate between facts and opinions, gather information, present information in a different way and make judgements based on supporting evidence found in the text.

You will be presented with paragraphs, which can be quite lengthy (usually ranging between 3-4 paragraphs long). Although most of the questions will be presented in a multiple-choice format, you may also be asked to match the text to summaries or put information into sequential order.

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How Is the QTS Literacy Test Scored?

Since the literacy skills test is computer-based, your results will be processed by a computer so that you will be able to receive your final score very soon after completing all the test sections. You will receive a scorecard which you must keep for your future records.

You must receive a final score of 29 or more to pass your QTS literacy test.

Top 5 QTS Literacy Test Tips

    1. Read often: Quite frankly, reading is your key to success. Through reading, you will involuntarily improve your literacy skills by learning how to understand written information. We recommend that you read informative material, such as newspapers, articles and guides.
    2. Brush up on your typing skills: Since you will be expected to perform the test on a computer, enhancing the speed of your typing can help you answer questions in an accurate and efficient way.
    3. Improve your grammatical skills: Try to perform various grammar exercises to acquire an understanding of grammar rules, identify new grammatical terms, identify sentence structures and more.
    4. Learn how to use proper punctuation: Practise with punctuation exercises to learn how to use quotation marks, apostrophes, commas, hyphens and more. Find out what areas you need improvement in while obtaining helpful techniques.
    5. Prepare with our practice tests: We provide exclusive QTS-style literacy skills practice tests that can evaluate your skills, help you identify the areas where you need to improve and familiarise you with the real test!
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