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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Literacy and Numeracy test

From 1 July 2016, the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) will be used as the required means to demonstrate that Initial Teacher Education (ITE) graduates have personal literacy and numeracy levels equivalent to the top 30% of the population.

If you are graduating from your ITE program at the end of 2018 and applying for provisional registration, you must provide evidence:

  • of successful completion of the LANTITE or
  • that you have attempted successful completion of the LANTITE on at least two occasions.

If you have not demonstrated your efforts in completing the LANTITE whilst you were a student, your application for provisional registration may not be approved.

Should you have exceptional circumstances which prevented you from successfully completing the LANTITE during your ITE program, you may be eligible for conditional provisional registration where you will be required to successfully complete the LANTITE during the period of your provisional registration.

The VIT encourages you to access support arrangements from your ITE provider in preparing to meet the LANTITE requirement. 

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.