Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education


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 Victorian ITE students have been required to meet the LANTITE requirement prior to being granted provisional registration as a teacher. Depending on when you commenced and completed your ITE program, you may need to provide VIT with evidence of having successfully completed the LANTITE.

If you commenced 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 commenced a VIT accredited ITE program before 1 January 2017 and completed the qualification on or after 1 July 2016, 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 completed an accredited ITE program before 1 July 2016, the LANTITE requirement does not apply to you.

Applying for early childhood teacher (ECT) registration

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

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

If you applied for registration on or after 1 Jan 2019
  • 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 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).

The test has been a ministerial requirement for initial teacher education students since 1 July 2016. You must have met the standard for both components of LANTITE to be eligible to register for teacher registration with VIT.

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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The following free and paid online resources are available to prepare you for completing your LANTITE requirement. Please note: VIT does not endorse these resources and utilising them does not guarantee successful completion of LANTITE.


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Type Resource
General Resources Online Maths Practice Test
General Resources Open Learning Mathematics and Statistics Online Course
General Resources Deakin University Maths for Education Portal
General Resources University of Tasmania Mathematics Pre-tests
General Resources Curtin University LANTITE Numeracy Resource
General Resources BBC Skillswise
General Resources New Zealand Centre for Mathematics
General Resources University of Tasmania Mathematics Pathways
General Resources Khan Academy
General Resources VALBEC Building Strength with Numeracy
General Resources Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute
General Resources IXL (Word Problems)
Number and Algebra Khan Academy
Number and Algebra Youcubed Mathematical Mindset Algebra
Number and Algebra Pre-Algebra Course (Also Algebra 1 and 2)
Number and Algebra Annenberg Learner (Algebra 1 Course)
Number and Algebra IXL
Measurement and Geometry Khan Academy
Measurement and Geometry Geometry Course
Measurement and Geometry Annenberg Learner (Geometry course)
Measurement and Geometry IXL
Statistics and Probability Khan Academy
Statistics and Probability Studiosity Probability Practice Test
Statistics and Probability IXL
Non-Calculator Maths without a Calculator (Stackexhange)
Calculator Using a Calculator (Practice Questions)
Calculator Practice Online Calculator
Calculator Calculator Skills Worksheets

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LANTITE Practice Questions
Test taking Strategies

Described Proficiency Scale (outlines the skills required for the test and assists in interpreting results)

Reasonable Adjustments (how to apply for adjustments to your testing conditions)

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Time Management Strategies

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Stress Management Strategies

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Name Subject Area Contact
Barbara (LANTITE Test Support) Numeracy w.
Mandy Pawluk (Strive for Excellence Tutoring)Literacy and Numeracyw.
p. 03 9759 5940
Chad Saade (Arithmetricks Tutoring)Numeracye.
p. 0451 104 460
Melinda Wood (The Tutoring Academy) Literacy and Numeracy w.
p. 0415 746 661 

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Further questions

If you have further questions about the VIT policy, please contact

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