Before the test
What does the test measure?
There are two components to the test, a literacy component and a numeracy component. Questions in the literacy component of the test assess reading skills and the technical skills of writing (syntax, grammar, spelling, and word usage and text organisation). Questions in the numeracy component of the test measure skills in number and algebra, measurement and geometry, and statistics and probability.
For further information about the skills assessed by the test, please refer to the Described Proficiency Scale.
You can also refer to the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students Assessment Framework.
When in my program should I sit the test?
You should ask your higher education provider if they require you to sit the test at a particular point in your program. If they don't, you are able to sit the test whenever you prefer before graduation. However, you should ensure that you allow yourself adequate time to re-sit the test if required, keeping in mind that the test is only available in set test windows throughout the year.
I have already passed other literacy and numeracy tests throughout my program. Do I also need to sit the test?
Yes, the test is compulsory for all students enrolled in an Australian initial teacher education course from 1 July 2016 (either undergraduate or postgraduate). Students will be expected to sit and meet the standard of the test prior to graduation. The test is in addition to any existing university-based literacy and numeracy assessments. There are no exemptions.
When can I sit the test?
How do I register?
Read the information on the Register page. The email address registered on your account will be used for all communication from the test office, including information on how to access your Admission Ticket and results.
You can only register for your preferred test window during the relevant registration period. The test window dates and registration opening and closing dates are listed on the Test dates page. Registrations will not be accepted after the closing date for the relevant test window under any circumstances.
How will I know if my registration is successful?
After completing your registration, you will be sent a confirmation email.
If you do not receive a confirmation email, this may be because you have entered your email address incorrectly, or because you have a Hotmail or Yahoo account and have not put email@example.com in your personal address book.
Where can I sit the test?
You can sit the test at test centres in capital cities and in some regional centres. You can review the list of available test centres on the Test centres page.
You may also sit the test online by remote proctoring. Remote proctoring involves sitting the test under live supervision using your own computer in a suitable location with stable internet connectivity. Remote proctoring is available 24 hours per day during each remote proctoring test window. Please see the Remote proctoring registration page and the additional information about Sitting the test by remote proctoring.
What are the booking conditions for test centres? If I miss/can't attend my registered test session at a test centre, can I re-schedule?
Test centres are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis for each test window. Once a test centre session booking is made via your online candidate account, a seat is reserved for you for the session you select (e.g. a morning or an afternoon session in Melbourne).
There is no requirement to complete both tests on the same day or at the same test centre. You can select from the sessions displayed on the registration site. If you wish to sit both test components in the test window, you will need to register and select a session time for each test component.
It is possible to change the location, date and time of a test centre session booking during the registration period by logging into your online account and selecting a new session. Please note, you will only be able to select from a list of available sessions in the drop down list. Test centres operate to a staggered schedule and not all test centres will operate on every day of the test window. Test centre spaces may be added and freed up due to cancellations so you can check back at the registration site during the registration period to check test centre session availability.
Once the registration period has closed, it is not possible to make changes to your test centre booking. This includes switching from a morning to an afternoon session, or switching from a test centre to remote proctoring or visa-versa. Due to test centre booking conditions, session selections at the close of registrations are final. Registration deferrals to future test windows will not be accepted.
You are strongly advised to take into account your personal circumstances and availability prior to registering for a test window and selecting your test session(s) at a test centre.
If you do not attend the session(s) you booked, this will not count towards your re-sit attempts.
What are the booking conditions for remote proctoring? If I miss/can't attend my registered test session, can I re-schedule?
Remote proctoring sessions can be scheduled to take place any time (24/7, subject to availability) during the published remote proctoring test window dates. The remote proctoring test window ends 3 days prior to the conclusion of the relevant test window.
A list of available session times will be displayed on the ProctorU online booking system. Once you register for the test window with ACER and submit the test fee, you must schedule your test session(s) with ProctorU. If you have registered for both the literacy and numeracy tests, you will need to schedule each session separately. There is no requirement to complete both tests on the same day. If you do plan to sit one test straight after the other, please allow at least one hour in between the two test sessions as the pre-test procedures can take between 30 minutes to one hour. For example, if you plan to sit the numeracy test followed by the literacy test and have scheduled your numeracy test session at 10a.m., you are advised to schedule your literacy session to start after 1pm.
You are strongly advised to book your test session to occur early in the test window to ensure that there is enough time to reschedule your session, should you experience any genuine misadventure of significant technical problems during your initial test session booking.
If you experience technical problems, you will be able to reschedule your remote proctoring session, but only during the test window you registered for. Test sessions can also only be rescheduled up to 72 hours before the end of the remote proctoring test window. It is not possible to reschedule remote proctoring session(s) from one test window to a subsequent test window.
If you do not attend the session(s) you booked, this will not count towards your re-sit attempts.
How do I cancel my test registration and obtain a refund?
If you are no longer able to sit the test in the test window you have registered for, you will need to cancel your test booking before the close of registrations for the test window. You will then need to register and pay for a test sitting once registrations open for a future test window.
Registration fees for the test will be refunded up to the close of registrations for the applicable test window however, an administration charge of $12 will be deducted for each test component cancelled. Requests for a refund of the test fee will not be accepted after this date, except as provided at law.
Requests must be submitted online through your account and a confirmation email will be sent to your registered email address if your request has been successfully submitted. Please note that access to any preparation materials included with your registration will be withdrawn upon completion of the refund. The fee will be refunded to the credit card used for payment. If you need to cancel registration for one/both test components, you must tick the relevant option in your account when you submit your refund request.
Please see the Refund policy page for more information.
How much does it cost to sit the test?
The test fee for a single component is currently $98 (GST inclusive). The test fee for both components is $196.00.
Can I add the cost of the test to my HECS-HELP of FEE-HELP loan?
No, the fee for sitting the test must be paid in full when you register for the test. This will secure your test sitting for the test window you register for.
If you are unable to pay the test fee you may wish to talk to your higher education provider about your situation. Individual higher education providers may offer a range of support to students. The Australian Government also offers a range of study assistance programs to students who are undertaking tertiary education. To find out about eligibility for these programs, contact Study Assist on 1800 020 108 or visit the website at www.studyassist.gov.au.
Are there any practice papers or study materials available?
Practice material are included in your registration for the test and contain answers for all questions.
The practice material are available as PDF. An interactive version will also be accessible in your online candidate account as soon as your registration for the test is completed and received successfully. Please visit the Practice material page.
Please note: no hard copy material will be posted to you.
How do I apply for reasonable adjustments?
If you have a disability or other health-related need which might interfere with your ability to sit the test in the standard manner, you can apply for reasonable adjustments online via your candidate account, as soon as possible after registration for the relevant test window.
All reasonable efforts will be made to provide the appropriate adjustments for your needs. Supporting documentation is required for all applications for reasonable adjustments. Please see the Reasonable Adjustments page for more information.
What should I do if I feel anxious about sitting the test?
If you are experiencing anxiety about the requirement to sit the test, you are advised to contact your higher education provider for support prior to submitting your test registration.
In addition to your program coordinator, higher education providers offer counselling services which may be of help. Community organisations such as Lifeline (phone 13 11 14, www.lifeline.org.au) or Beyond Blue (phone 1300 22 4636, www.beyondblue.org.au) can also be contacted.
Why are calculators not allowed for Section 2 of the Numeracy Test?
Of the 65 questions on the test, there are 13 questions (20%) in section 2 where a calculator is not permitted. While it is true that calculators are ubiquitous in everyday life, and their appropriate use is a key aspect of numeracy, there are some situations when a calculator is either not available or not required. These situations may arise, for example, when shopping or in the classroom when simple calculations or estimations are all that is required. Often such calculations can be done mentally but pen and paper are available in the test. Estimation and simple everyday calculations are considered important aspects of numeracy and are therefore a component of the numeracy construct of the test. The types of questions asked in section two are typically familiar, routine and common applications and operations with appropriate numbers. Calculations with many steps, complex operations, or using uncommon decimals, fractions and percentages are not considered appropriate for section 2. Examples of section 2 questions can be found in the practice materials here.