The QTS numeracy test is broken into two distinct subtests—mental arithmetic and written arithmetic. However, these two tests are taken consecutively.
The entire test is approximately 48 minutes long and contains a total of 28 questions. There are 12 mental arithmetic questions and 16 written questions, plus an additional, unscored QTS practice question.
In the QTS mental arithmetic section, the questions are spoken through your headphones. You have to type the correct answer into the box provided. There are 45 seconds per question, which means you have to pay attention to the details, make a note of the important figures, and then use them to calculate the answer in the time allotted.
This section consists of 12 questions, and, as the name suggests, it involves mental arithmetic, so you are not allowed to use a calculator on this test.
Topics covered on the mental arithmetic section are time, averages, and the four basic numerical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
The questions in this section typically focus on tables, graphs, charts, and word-based questions. You are asked to identify trends over time, compare different items of numerical data in order to draw conclusions, and interpret and use information in a productive manner.
You are allowed to use a calculator (which is provided on screen), and the questions can follow a variety of formats, including multiple-choice, free text response, select and place an answer, or point and click on an answer.
This section consists of 16 questions. You have about 40 minutes to answer these questions, equating to roughly two and a half minutes per question.
Although you have significantly more time on this section than on the mental arithmetic one, this does not mean this section is easier. On the contrary, the questions are much harder than the mental arithmetic ones. Therefore, it is essential that you begin to familiarise yourself with the test content and the question types and formats to ensure your success. Start preparing with our QTS Numeracy PrepPack™ today.
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Prompt: 50 pupils did a sponsored run. The run was for a distance of five km. For each kilometre, they received 50 pence.
Question: How much money was raised altogether?
Prompt: A teacher is planning an outing for her class of 30 to go the local farm and see the sheep shearing in progress. The cost of a ticket to the farm for each pupil is £4.75, with tickets for the accompanying helpers and teachers (3) each costing the same. The hire of the coach for everyone is £120.
Question: How much will each person have to pay for the outing in order to cover the travel costs as well as his or her ticket to the farm?
The QTS professional skills test can be challenging because the questions are not necessarily made up of material you inherently know or that were part of your training. These are questions the likes of which you probably have not practised in a long time. That is why it is important to practise early and often when it comes to this type of test. While you can sit the exam three times, only the first time you take the test is free of charge. Failing it will cost you time and money, as you will be charged for any subsequent attempts. Prepare in advance to ensure you pass the first time.
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