Literacy and numeracy test for ITE students

What is the policy?

Commonwealth

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.

From 1 July 2016, all enrolled ITE students must undertake the LANTITE in order to become a registered teacher. ITE students are required to provide evidence to VIT that they have ‘Achieved the Standard’ for both the literacy and numeracy elements of the LANTITE when they apply for registration.

VIT

As the LANTITE has been available to ITE students since July 2016, the VIT expects that ITE students have made significant progress towards meeting the LANTITE requirement. 

From 1 October 2018, VIT may not accept applications for provisional registration where the ITE graduate has not demonstrated their efforts in completing the LANTITE whilst they were an ITE student. 

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

If you are graduating from your ITE program at the end of 2018 and applying for provisional registration, and the LANTITE is not a requirement for graduation, you must provide evidence

  • of successful completion of the LANTITE; or
  • that you have attempted successful completion of the LANTITE.

If you have not achieved the standard for both components of the LANTITE, your application for provisional teacher registration will be assessed for exceptional circumstances after test Window 4 results are released in 14 January 2019.

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.

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Commencing ITE students

If you are commencing or commenced an accredited ITE program from 1 January 2017, the test will be a pre-graduation requirement. Your provider (university) 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. (Please note: it may still be a course requirement for some courses).

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Frequently asked questions

Who do I contact about sitting the LANTITE?

For any questions about the test or to find practice material, please contact ACER.

How many times can I sit the LANTITE?

ITE Students are able to attempt the LANTITE three times via their ACER portal. 

Under the Re-sit policy of the Commonwealth Department of Education, ITE students may be able to sit the LANTITE up to 5 times. A 4th and 5th attempt to complete the LANTITE must be facilitated by the Higher Education Provider.

What if I have extenuating circumstances preventing me from sitting and/or passing the LANTITE?

VIT will continue to offer conditional provisional registration with the requirement to complete the LANTITE during the period of provisional registration, if there have been medical and/or other exceptional circumstances, which have prevented the ITE graduate from attempting the LANTITE during the period they were a student. Please contact litnum@vit.vic.edu.au if you have any further questions.

Do Early Childhood Teachers need to complete the LANTITE?

For the purpose of registering as an Early Childhood Teacher you do not need to meet the literacy and numeracy standards. Please note that you should also check with your course provider, as it may be a course requirement for combined early childhood and primary qualifications. 

If you are seeking to be registered as a teacher and early childhood teacher you would need to demonstrate that you had met the standard set by LANTITE.

Who do I contact if I have further questions relating to teacher registration and the literacy and numeracy requirements?

Please contact litnum@vit.vic.edu.au if you have any further questions.

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