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Literacy and Numeracy

In 2015 the Faculty made the Literacy and Numeracy Competency Tests (Faculty-based) compulsory for all students studying a Bachelor of Education (including Early Childhood, Primary, Health and Physical Education, Science and Mathematics and Applied Learning) and Master of Teaching (including Primary and Secondary) course. Students are required to PASS (achieve 80% or above) the Literacy and Numeracy Competency Tests (Faculty-based) to be eligible to undertake Professional Experience.

All Faculty of Education students are automatically enrolled in the Faculty of Education Literacy and Numeracy Competency Tests MyLO unit.  If you find that you do not have access, or are a staff member who requires access, then please contact the Faculty eLearning Team.

Most students will initially engage with the Competency Tests during first semester within literacy and numeracy units. All pre-service teachers must pass the Faculty-based Literacy and Numeracy Competency Tests in MyLO prior to undertaking the following Professional Experience placement units: Bachelor of Education - Primary (ESH101), Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood (ESH207), Bachelor of Education - Science and Mathematics (ESH113), Bachelor of Education Health and Physical Education - (ESP100), Bachelor of Applied Learning (EAL211), Master of Teaching Primary and Secondary (EMT600 or EMT613).  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this placement pre-requisite please contact the Coordinator, Professional Experience.

Please note that the Literacy and Numeracy Competency Tests (Faculty-based) are separate to the Literacy and Numeracy Tests for Initial Teacher Education Students – LANTITE (National). For more information regarding the Faculty-based Competency Tests, please email

"My experience with the LANTITE was a positive experience, going into the test the night before I went over some key areas I knew I had previously struggled with; apostrophes for ownership and adding and subtraction of fractions. The test itself was under normal exam conditions however we were provided with pens and paper and the test took on a similar format to that of university competency tests.."

Danielle Porter, Bachelor of Education Primary

The schedule for the 2017 test windows has been released and is available on the ACER website.

Students Enrolled Prior to Semester 2 2016

    All Initial Teacher Education students are EXPECTED to complete the National Literacy and Numeracy Test.

    The Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania strongly encourages you to complete the Test, primarily because of the employment advantages it is likely to provide.

    Currently, the Test is available only to ITE students, so there may not be an opportunity to complete the Test once you have graduated. In the future, you will be competing for jobs with graduates who have successfully met the benchmark for the Test.

    If you still have questions please email or visit the StudentsFirst website.

    Please check your emails and the Faculty website for further details (which includes Test support resources).

Students Beginning In, Or After Semester 2 2016

Literacy and numeracy skills are essential for everyone, but in particular, teachers. We acknowledge these skills do not come easily to everyone and encourage you to seek support if you require it in these areas.

The aim of your teacher education course is to give you the confidence and understanding to enjoy teaching literacy and numeracy and to teach it well. The Tests of Literacy and Numeracy Competence are one way that you can demonstrate your knowledge.

If you are having difficulties passing the Literacy Test, you are strongly recommended to enrol in and complete the units "Using Words Effectively", "Clauses, Phrases and Sentences", and "Punctuation" in the Pearson online resource My Writing Lab. This resource is a required text for all Master of Teaching and Bachelor of Education students and is to be purchased in a package along with Faigley, L. (2015). The little Penguin handbook (3rd ed.). Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia.

While it is recommended that all students take advantage of the information resources to strengthen their formal writing, it is even more important that if you achieve less than 80% in the literary tests, you enrol and complete the course in My Writing Lab.

The following resources may also be helpful:

  1. Purdue Online Writing Lab is excellent for:
    • grammar, including spelling; and
    • punctuation.
  2. Trask, R. L. (1997). Penguin guide to punctuation. London, UK: Penguin, gives a basic overview of punctuation.
  3. Ramsay, M. A. (2011). The complete guide to English usage for Australian students (5th ed.). South Melbourne, VIC: Thomson Nelson.

    This book has excellent sections on:
    • language in use;
    • punctuation;
    • vocabulary and spelling; and
    • communication through writing.
  4. Interactive grammar tests
  5. Interactive vocabulary tests
  6. UTAS also offers student support through Learning Support programs

If you are having difficulties passing the Numeracy Test or with your numeracy skills in general, it is strongly recommended you engage with one or more of the learning resources below.

  1. You can enrol in ESH120 Personal and Professional Numeracy.
  2. The University of Tasmania also offers student support through Learning Support programs
  3. You could independently use other resources to develop your mathematical understanding. These could include MathsOnline, Hotmaths, the Kahn Academy or the Pathway to Education Units
  4. Other organisations may also run appropriate courses that will help you develop your mathematical understanding. These could include adult education organisations, other universities and so on.

The Faculty of Education Guide to Writing and Referencing [PDF, 476.26 KB] is intended for use by students and staff of the Faculty and across all units. It provides guidance on writing, grammar, spelling and referencing, with a broad focus on presentation.

Additional learning support options are listed under the literacy and numeracy section above.