Literacy and numeracy test for ITE students

To make Victoria the Education State, the Victorian Government is committed to improving the quality of teaching and ensuring that future teachers seeking to enter the profession meet a high standard.

The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students has been developed to be the single nationally consistent tool to demonstrate that graduates from ITE programs have the required personal literacy and numeracy levels that are within the top 30% of the population.

The VIT is committed to implementing enhancements to the current ITE accreditation process set by the Victorian Government and the Ministers for Education to ensure that Victorian children are taught by the highest quality teachers available.

The national Literacy and Numeracy test and teacher registration

ITE graduates who have completed their studies

If you completed a VIT accredited program in Victoria on or after 1 July 2016, you are required to pass an approved literacy and numeracy test in order to be eligible to apply for teacher registration.

    VIT will also recognise pass results from any one of the following tests:

    1. National Literacy and Numeracy for Initial Teacher Education Students Test; 
    2. The 2015 August / September trial of the National Literacy and Numeracy test; 
    3. NSW Literacy and Numeracy for Classroom Readiness Test; or
    4. ACT Canberra Teacher Recruitment Assessment.

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Currently enrolled ITE students

If you are currently enrolled in a VIT accredited program in Victoria and will complete your program in the second half of 2016 or later, you must pass the National Literacy and Numeracy for Initial Teacher Education Students Test in order to be eligible to apply for teacher registration. 

If you have not passed the test prior to applying for teacher registration, you can apply for registration under exceptional circumstances and VIT may place a condition on your provisional registration that you must pass the test in the first six months of obtaining registration.  

To sit the test, you will need to enrol with the test provider ACER

Further advice, information and fact sheets about the test can also be found at the ACER website.

Commencing ITE students

If you are commencing an accredited ITE program, you will be required to undertake the test prior to graduation. Your provider will give you more information about when you will complete the test.

Early childhood teachers

If you are a graduate who is applying for early childhood teacher registration only, you will not be required to pass a literacy and numeracy test.