To be eligible to sit the test, individuals must be one of the following:

  • an enrolled ITE student, defined as ‘a person who is enrolled in an accredited ITE course, either undergraduate or postgraduate’
  • Prospective or unenrolled test candidate, defined as ‘a person who is not currently enrolled in an accredited ITE course.’ A prospective or unenrolled test candidate must be someone who:
    • has never enrolled in an accredited ITE course; or
    • was previously enrolled in an accredited ITE course, and did not exhaust the standard three test attempt limit for enrolled students; or
    • was previously enrolled in an accredited ITE course and exhausted the standard three test attempt limit but:
      • is planning on returning to an accredited ITE course; and
      • has not been enrolled in an accredited ITE course for a minimum of two years; and
      • has not attempted the test for a minimum of two years.

Students in a pathway program are categorised as prospective/unenrolled ITE students. For enrolled students, please note that some states and territories may require successful test results prior to commencement of your final practicum. From 2024, students who are required to sit the test will need to have a test attempt (but do not have to meet the test standard) in their first year of an accredited ITE course. You should contact your higher education provider and the teacher regulation authority in your state or territory to confirm their requirements and also seek advice from your higher education provider about the most suitable time to sit the test during your course.

The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership website provides further information on the accreditation standards and procedures and links to the state and territory teacher registration authorities.

If you have previously sat the test as an enrolled student in an accredited ITE course (and have since unenrolled) or are in an Australian education pathway course that articulates directly into an accredited Australian ITE course which is identified in the ACER’s test registration system and are unsure whether you are eligible to sit as a prospective or unenrolled test candidate, please email teacheredtest@acer.org.

Candidates can visit the Australian Government Department of Education website for frequently asked questions about the test at Questions and Answers for Enrolled Students - Department of Education, Australian Government or Questions and Answers for Prospective/Unenrolled Students - Department of Education, Australian Government for more information.

Four test windows will be offered in 2024. Please check the Register - Test dates page for information.

If you have already sat the test three times and you have not met the standard, please contact your institution to discuss your available options. You are not eligible to re-sit the test without prior approval from your institution. Please see the Re-sit page for more information.

The National Teacher Workforce Action Plan - LANTITE trial commenced from Test Window 4 in September 2023 (when registration opened). In April 2024, Ministers agreed to extend the national trial by one test window. This decision means that the trial will run for the remainder of 2024, and students will continue to receive unlimited test attempts and improved feedback. You may be able to access uncapped test attempts during the trial period if your HEP or state/territory is participating in the trial. Please refer to https://www.education.gov.au/national-teacher-workforce-action-plan/national-teacher-workforce-action-plan-lantite-trial and the FAQ page for relevant information. If you are eligible for the trial, you only need to register and pay for the test as per normal through the ACER registration site. If you have previously exhausted all permitted attempts and wish to sit the test again, please contact ACER by emailing teacheredtest@acer.org.