The QTS professional skills test is an exam that teachers need to take in order to earn the Department for Education (DFE) qualified teacher's status. The test will assess your ability to perform basic professional duties. There are six total test areas in the test, broken into numeracy and literacy sections.

QTS Literacy Test

The literacy test is comprised of four different sections: spelling, punctuation, grammar, and reading comprehension.


The QTS spelling section is an audio test for which you need headphones. You will hear a word and will be required to spell it correctly. The words in the test are those you are expected to know and use as a professional teacher and are not especially difficult.


The QTS punctuation section assesses your ability to apply punctuation in the correct places. You will be asked to insert punctuation into a piece of writing, but you will not be required rewrite any part of the passage. The punctuation tasks in the test are essential for all teachers' written communication.


The QTS grammar section assesses your ability to distinguish between text that is grammatically correct and text that is not. The grammar on which you will be tested is essential for communication as part of your professional teaching career.

Reading Comprehension

The QTS reading comprehension section assesses your ability to read and understand an official text and be able to identify the main points, distinguish between fact and opinion, and draw inferences and deductions, among other skills.

QTS Numeracy Test

The numeracy test is comprised of two different sections: mental arithmetic and written.

Mental Arithmetic

The mental arithmetic section is an audio test for which need headphones. It assesses your ability to solve arithmetic problems such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; time; fractions, decimals and percentages; fractions; decimals and percentages; measurement; and conversions.

Written Arithmetic and Data

The written arithmetic and data section is comprised of a series of problems. It assesses your ability to interpret and use written data to identify trends, make comparisons, and interpret information. You will be tested on your ability to solve written arithmetic problems in various areas such as time, money, proportion and ratio, conversions, averages, and range, among others.

Prepare for the QTS Professional Skills Test

Passing the QTS skills test is an essential part of becoming a teacher; therefore, careful preparation is necessary. JobTestPrep offers a comprehensive preparation pack that will help you pass the test the first time. Practice with us and ensure your success.

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