Test Structure

The test is computer-based and consists of two components: literacy and numeracy. The duration of each test component is 2 hours (including a short tutorial at the beginning of each test component).

The test consists of 130 test questions in total, 65 literacy questions and 65 numeracy questions. In the numeracy test, there are 52 questions for which an online calculator is available, and 13 questions for which the online calculator is not available.

All the questions are in either selected responses (for example, multiple-choice) or short answer formats. No extended writing is required.  Marks will not be deducted for incorrect responses.

Test Content

The test has been designed to reflect the contexts in which aspiring teachers are likely to exercise personal literacy and numeracy: personal and community, schools and teaching, and further education and professional learning. All the personal literacy questions and the majority of personal numeracy questions are set within one of these three contexts.

In the literacy test, about two-thirds of the questions are based on reading texts, and one-third assess technical skills of writing. The reading test is structured around three processes: 

  • access and identify
  • integrate and interpret
  • evaluate and reflect.

A number of text types are used as stimulus for the reading questions:

  • procedural, regulatory and technical
  • descriptive, informative and persuasive
  • narrative.

The content of the technical skills of writing assessment comprises four areas:

  • syntax and grammar
  • spelling
  • word usage
  • text organisation.

In the numeracy test, there will be questions on three content areas:

  • number and algebra
  • statistics and probability
  • measurement and geometry.

An online calculator will be supplied for most of the numeracy questions, but a few questions will need to be answered without a calculator. The personal numeracy test has a focus on the active aspect of numeracy, giving most weight to questions that require candidates to use their numeracy skills: that is, to apply mathematics to solve appropriate real-world problems.

Three numeracy processes are used to categorise numeracy items:

  • identifying mathematical information and meaning in activities and texts
  • using and applying mathematical knowledge and problem solving processes
  • interpreting, evaluating, communicating and representing mathematics.

Further information on the test can be found at http://studentsfirst.gov.au/teacher-quality (external site).

You can also view the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students Assessment Framework for more information about the test.

Test timing

The test duration for each test component is 2 hours. You can leave the test room once you have finished your test except within the last 10 minutes of the test. The registration process before the start of each test component will take about 30 minutes at the test centre, and if you sit the test by remote proctoring, the registration process can take significantly longer than 30 minutes in order for the proctor to check your computer and internet connection.

Test centres

The test duration for each test component is 2 hours.  If you are sitting the test at a test centre, you should allow at least 2 ½ hours for each test component from the time of registration for all testing procedures to be completed.  

Care should be taken when making return travel arrangements including parking to allow adequate time at the test centre.

Remote proctoring

If you are sitting the test by remote proctoring, you should allow at least 2 ½ hours to 3 hours for each test component from the time of connecting to the online proctor for all testing procedures to be completed.