Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education

Background

In 2015, all Education Ministers agreed that from the 1 July 2016, the literacy and numeracy test for initial teacher education (LANTITE) will be used as the required means to demonstrate that initial teacher education (ITE) graduates have the required personal literacy and numeracy levels equivalent to the top 30% of the population.

Our policy

Since 1 July 2016, all ITE students who were enrolled in an accredited ITE program have been required to meet the LANTITE requirement prior to being granted provisional registration as a teacher.

If you were enrolled in an accredited ITE program on or after 1 January 2017, the LANTITE requirement forms part of the ITE program, and must be met before graduation. Your ITE provider can provide you with more information about when you will be required to meet the test.

If you were enrolled in an accredited ITE program on or after 1 July 2016 and before 1 January 2017, and graduated from the ITE program without satisfactorily completing LANTITE, you are required to satisfactorily complete the LANTITE as part of your registration requirements in Victoria.

If you applied for registration before 31 December 2018 If you applied for registration on or after 1 Jan 2019
  • LANTITE will be considered a professional practice requirement.
  • This means that if you have not satisfactorily completed the LANTITE, but meet all the other requirements for registration, you may be eligible for provisional registration as a teacher.
  • As part of your provisional registration, we will impose a condition that you satisfactorily complete LANTITE during the period of your provisional registration.
  • To view the VIT policy that applies to you, click here.
  • LANTITE will be considered a qualification requirement.
  • This means that if you have not satisfactorily completed the LANTITE, you are not qualified to be registered as a teacher.
  • We can only approve your application for provisional registration if you have satisfactorily completed the LANTITE and meet all other requirements for registration.
  • To view the VIT policy that applies to you, click here

If you already hold registration with the LANTITE Condition 
If your provisional registration expires before you have satisfactorily completed the LANTITE, any new application for registration you make will be treated in line with the criteria as set out above.

If you are applying for registration as an early childhood teacher, you will not be required to meet the LANTITE requirement. However, some ITE providers may choose to make LANTITE part of their program requirements.

If you are applying for two registrations as an early childhood teacher and a teacher, you will need to meet the LANTITE requirement in relation to your teacher registration.

The VIT is committed to implementing enhancements set by the Victorian Government and the Minister for Education to ensure that Victorian children are taught by teachers of the highest quality.

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The test

There are two components to the test, a literacy component and a numeracy component.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is responsible for administering the test. The test is available at set times (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).

The Commonwealth policy is that you are permitted to sit each component of the test up to three times.
If there are special or extenuating circumstances, you may be granted further attempts to sit test components (with a maximum of five test attempts).

If you apply for provisional teacher registration before 31 December 2018 but have not achieved the standard for both components of the test, your application for provisional teacher registration will be assessed for exceptional circumstances after test Window 4 results are released on 14 January 2019.

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

More information about the test can be found on the ACER website.

VIT recognises successful completion of the following tests as meeting the LANTITE requirement

  • National Literacy and Numeracy Initial Teacher Education Students Test; 
  • NSW Literacy and Numeracy for Classroom Readiness Test; 
  • ACT Canberra Teacher Recruitment Assessment; and 
  • The 2015 August / September trial of the National Literacy and Numeracy Test.

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Our advice

We encourage you to access support arrangements from your ITE provider in preparing to meet the LANTITE requirement. 

We also encourage you to consider your personal circumstances and sit the test at a point in time when you are most likely to succeed.

If you have a disability or medical condition which may impact your ability to meet the LANTITE requirement, ACER states that they will consider requests for reasonable adjustments on a case by case basis. We therefore encourage you to contact ACER to discuss your disability or medical condition, and any supporting documentation required, prior to registering and sitting for the test.Before sitting the test, you should prepare as much as possible. This may include

  • reading information about the test and understanding what is required 
  • completing sample tests and practice questions 
  • undertaking appropriate remedial action.

If you are sitting the test for the second or subsequent time, you should also

  • consider your results from previous tests and seek advice and support from your ITE provider and other sources about any remedial steps you can take 
  • take remedial action to improves areas of need
  • consider any disabilities or medical conditions, and whether reasonable adjustments, or further reasonable adjustments may be appropriate to enable you to sit the test.

If you would like to sit the test for the fourth or fifth time, you will need to seek permission prior to sitting the test. More information about these processes can be found on the ACER website.

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Further questions

If you have further questions about the VIT policy, please contact litnum@vit.vic.edu.au

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