Do I need to pass LANTITE?

The literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) is how initial teacher education (ITE) graduates demonstrate that they have the required personal literacy and numeracy levels to work as a teacher in Australia.

If you graduated from a Victorian ITE program after 1 July 2016, you are required to pass LANTITE before applying for registration as a teacher with VIT.

If you were enrolled in an accredited ITE program anywhere in Australia on or after 1 January 2017, the LANTITE requirement is part of your ITE program and must be met before graduation. Your ITE provider can advise you when within your program you will be required to meet the test.

Can I have a temporary registration while I complete the test?

No, if you do not hold registration with VIT and have not met the standard, you cannot apply for registration. From 1 January 2019 you must meet the LANTITE requirement before applying for registration.

I have questions about the test. Where can I find more information?

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is responsible for administering the test. The test is available at set times (‘test windows’) throughout the year.

You have the flexibility to register and sit each test component separately and may sit the test either remotely or in a physical test centre (where available).

If you have questions about the test, please refer to the ACER website or contact ACER directly.

How many times can I sit LANTITE?

You are permitted to sit each component of the test up to three times under the Commonwealth policy.

If there are special or extenuating circumstances, you may be granted further attempts to sit test components (with a maximum of five test attempts). The fourth and fifth attempt are facilitated by your ITE provider or VIT (if you hold registration).

If you hold VIT registration and have used your three attempts, we will contact you directly regarding your options including how to demonstrate special or extenuating circumstances.

How do I prepare for an attempt at LANTITE?

You should contact your ITE Provider and ask how they can assist you to meet this requirement. Many Victorian universities now offer LANTITE preparation courses and have resources on their websites for past and present students. We would encourage you to contact your university to see if they can provide any further support programs to their alumni.

In addition, ACER provided advice on their website about Test taking Strategy and Practice Material. For further information about what the test covers and how it is assessed please read the Described Proficiency Scale document.

What happens if I don’t meet the standard?

It will depend on how many times you have sat the test, and how close to the expiry of your provisional registration you are.

VIT receives results after each testing window directly from ACER and will be in contact to update you regarding your specific situation and options. We monitor how many attempts you have made, as well as when you last attempted the test to ensure you meet the LANTITE requirement as soon as possible.

If you do not hold registration with VIT and have not met the standard, you cannot apply for registration. From 1 January 2019 you must meet the LANTITE requirement before applying for registration.

I have the Literacy and Numeracy condition on my registration. How long do I have to pass LANTITE?

Provisional registration is granted for a period of two years. If you have been granted provisional registration with a Literacy and Numeracy condition, you are expected to meet the LANTITE requirement within this period. 

If you do not meet the LANTITE requirement before the end of your two year provisional registration period, your registration will expire and you will be unable to work as a teacher. 

VIT recommend that you make it a priority to sit and pass LANTITE as soon as possible, and we suggest that you seek support from your Initial Teacher Education provider to give yourself the best chance of success.

Please note that if your two years of provisional registration expires before you have used all of your test attempts, you can continue to sit the test. Once you pass, you may reapply for registration with VIT.

Can I move to full registration if I hold the Literacy and Numeracy condition on my registration?

No, you are not able to complete the provisional to (full) process until you have met the LANTITE requirement and had the condition removed from your registration.