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Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education

In 2015 the Education Ministers of all states agreed that from July 1, 2016 a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) would be introduced. The purpose of this test is to help higher education providers, teacher employers and the general public to have increased confidence in the skills of graduating teachers. The test has been designed and is administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It is totally independent from the University of Canberra.

University of Canberra is, however, required to ensure that all initial teacher education graduates successfully complete both the Literacy and Numeracy components of the test. This includes students enrolled in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education courses. Students are advised to complete and pass the LANTITE as early as possible in their program. If a student has not successfully completed the LANTITE and is enrolled in the final Professional Experience unit of their course, the grade for this unit will be withheld until evidence of successful completion of the LANTITE is provided.

Please note, currently registered teachers undertaking further study do not need to sit the test.

Information about the test

The test, offered by the ACER, is computer-based and is available to students at physical testing centres or online with remote proctoring. There are testing centres in all capital cities and a number of metropolitan and regional centres. Students who live more than 90 minutes from a testing centre will be able to access the test online via remote proctoring.

The test involves two separate components, one for Literacy and one for Numeracy, each consisting of 65 questions. The two tests can be attempted in one sitting or in separate sittings. A student who passes one component of the test but not the other can "bank" the passed component and will not have to sit that part of the test again. However, all students are required to pass both components (Literacy and Numeracy) of the test.

The test is available in set windows throughout the year. Key dates for the test windows, and the locations in which the test is offered in each window, are published on the ACER website.

Students are required to register to sit the test on the ACER website and pay the test fee at the time of registration. The fee for each component of the test is $92.50 or $185 for both components.

Further information about the test is available from the Australian Government Department of Education - Questions and Answers and on the ACER website. There are also Sample Test Questions available. If you have queries after looking through these resources you can email:

Students with additional needs

If you have a disability or other health-related need that might affect the way you take the test you can apply to ACER for reasonable adjustments. Please refer to the ACER website for details.