Students will have up to three opportunities to sit the test. This provides students with reasonable opportunity to demonstrate that their personal literacy and numeracy skills are equivalent to the top 30 per cent of the adult population.

Please note the test is made up of two components – a literacy component and a numeracy component. Each component of the test is made up of multiple sub-domains. 

You only need to demonstrate once that you have met the standard for each test component (literacy and numeracy). Test results are transferrable and do not expire. If you sat the test and met the standard for one test component, you only need to register for and re-sit the test component that you were unsuccessful in.

You will need to re-sit the full test if you have not reached the overall standard for the component. Results from individual sub-domain(s) are not transferrable between tests.

From the first test window in May 2016, you can sit the literacy test three times and the numeracy test three times.  Any other test sittings prior to the May 2016 test window do not count towards your re-sit attempts.  However the results from these sittings are still valid.  For example, if you have successfully passed the literacy or numeracy test as part of the limited implementation which took place in August and September 2015, or as part of the NSW BOSTES’ requirement in February 2016, you will not need to re-sit the test component that you have passed. 

If you do not meet the standard after your first or second attempt, you are advised to talk to your higher education provider to request support to help you reach the standard before registering to sit the test a second or third time.

Additional test attempts

If you have sat the test three times and you have not met the standard, please contact your institution to discuss your options. 

In special and/or extenuating circumstances, institutions may consider that individual students should be allowed additional test attempts up to a maximum of five (including the initial three attempts). Advice is available for higher education providers on the process required for requesting fourth and fifth test attempts which includes confirmation of remedial actions that have been put in place for the individual student.

If you register for a test sitting and do not attend the session you booked, this will not count towards your re-sit attempts.

If a candidate is determined to have:

  • registered for an additional attempt without having followed due process, their registration will be cancelled and their higher education provider notified
  • sat the test for an additional test attempt without having followed due process, their institution will be notified for appropriate action. The candidate will not receive their test result.

Resetting of test attempts

The standard resit allowance may reset each time a student commences a new initial teacher education program after a significant (a minimum of two years) break in study. It is at the discretion of the receiving institution to support a reset of test attempts. Students will need to discuss their circumstances with the relevant institution and supporting documentation will need to be provided to prove a break of at least two years in study has occurred.