QTS numeracy skills test tutoring and revision

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What is QTS numeracy skills test?

Qualified Teacher Status test is required before you start teaching in any subject.  This test is not only for maths specialists but for everyone who dreams of becoming a teacher. Its main purpose is to remind you about the basics of maths, and how to use it in your reports and lesson plan. In order to pass this QTS numeracy test, you need to know all the shortcuts.QTS

Recent changes to the QTS skills test

According to the official website of the Department of Education, the QTS test will gradually become more difficult. The test is designed to be similar to the GCSE standard tests level C at the moment.

How difficult is the QTS test?

Statistically, 80% of people pass the test the first time. The numeracy skills test has two sections: a mental arithmetic’s part with 12 questions, where a pre-recorded voice is reading the questions and you have 18 seconds to answer each one of them. You are allowed to use pen and paper but the test needs to be taken online.

The second section is formed of 16 statistics and arithmetic’s questions that you have to solve. The good news is that in order to pass your numeracy skills test you need to score 18 marks out of 28 questions answered correctly. The test lasts for 45 minutes and the pass park is 63% on both literacy and numeracy.

The bad new is that you are only allowed to sit the numeracy skills test 3 times and if you fail it each time, then you are not allowed to take the test for the following two years.

How difficult is the QTS test?

Statistically, 80% of people pass the test the first time. The numeracy skills test has two sections: a mental arithmetic’s part with 12 questions, where a pre-recorded voice is reading the questions and you have 18 seconds to answer each one of them. You are allowed to use pen and paper but the test needs to be taken online.

The second section is formed of 16 statistics and arithmetic’s questions that you have to solve. The good news is that in order to pass your QTS test you need to score 18 marks out of 28 questions answered correctly. The test lasts for 45 minutes and the pass park is 63% on both literacy and numeracy.

The bad news is that you are only allowed to sit the QTS test 3 times and if you fail it each time, then you are not allowed to take the test for the following two years.

How many hours of  QTS tuition will I need?

Generally between  6  and 8 hours of tuition are enough to build your confidence and get you used to the types of questions you will get.
An average person needs 4 hours of Mental Arithmetic tuition and 4 hours of exam prep for the on-screen questions.

What am I going to learn?

We will teach you how to solve the problems for each part of the test and help you get used to the types of questions specific to the QTS numeracy test.

Where would the  QTS tuition going to take place?

The QTS tutoring location is depending on our tutors. if we have someone in your area the tuition can take place at your house or the tutors hours. If we can not offer a tutor in you area, arrangements can be made for the tutor to travel to you, or meet yhalfwayway, depending on how far from you he lives.

How much does the QTS tutoring cost?

The rates depend on the location and the time the tutor spends to get to you.

When should I book my QTS tutor?

We recommend you to book a tutor at least 3 weeks before the exam.

Where can I find more Practice for the QTS skills tests?

You can subscribe to put website and get practice test in your email for free or you can check out our online skills test course, which has some free tests at the end of the course

How can I prepare for the test?

There are three routes you can take to prepare for the test

  1. You can prepare independently, by attempt the practice tests online from the DFE website and you are passing, you can assume that you will pass the real test too. You can also check to our QTS Resource page to receive free practice questions and advice on how to prepare for the numeracy skills test.
  2. In case your score is below 63%, you can find a tutor to help you, one of the best websites for this is The Tutor Pages. Tutoring can be expensive in London.  When choosing a tutor, you need to make sure they have experience with this type of exam, because a regular tutor might not know the fastest way to answer the mental maths questions in 18 seconds.
  3. Another great option to prepare for the test is by taking a QTS numeracy online course. This might be the best option if you are running out of time because you can work at your own pace and it’s much more affordable than hiring a private tutor.