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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 was to assist 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. However, the University of Canberra is required to ensure graduates successfully complete both the Literacy and Numeracy components of the test.

At the same time that LANTITE was being introduced UC designed and implemented a new set of Initial Teacher Education courses.

What if I am enrolled in one of the new courses?

All of these new courses require all initial teacher education students to complete the LANTITE. This includes all 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 who has not successfully completed the LANTITE enrolls in their final Professional Experience unit within their course, the grade for this unit will be withheld until evidence of successful completion of the LANTITE is provided.

What if I am due to graduate in 2017 from one of the old courses?

For students who are completing their course in 2017 and were therefore not required to transition into one of the new courses, there is no requirement within your course rules to sit the LANTITE. However, given that employment is competitive you are STRONGLY advised to successfully complete the LANTITE prior to graduating.

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.

Please note, currently registered teachers undertaking further study do not need to sit 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 in the Questions and Answers and on the ACER website. There are also Sample Test Questions available.

After reading the Questions and Answers, if you have further queries please email ACER can be contacted at

Students with additional needs

If you have a disability or other health-related need that might interfere with your ability to sit the test in the standard manner, you can apply for special testing conditions online via your candidate account. After submitting the request online, you also need to submit supporting documentation for your request to ACER (via email, mail or fax) for review. Refer to the ACER website for submission dates.

Testing Window



1. February/March 2017

Friday 20 January–Sunday 5 February, 5pm AEST

Monday 20 February–Sunday 5 March

2. May/June 2017

Tuesday 18 April–Tuesday 2 May, 5pm AEST

Wednesday 24 May–Tuesday 6 June

3. August 2017

Thursday 13–Wednesday 26 July, 5pm AEST

Friday 18–Thursday 31 August, 2017

4. November 2017

Monday 9–Sunday 22 October, 5pm AEST

Monday 13–Sunday 26 November

PLEASE NOTE: For the first test window, test sessions will be available by remote proctoring only.