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Literacy and Numeracy & LANTITE

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 (ESH107), 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 Professional.Experience@educ.utas.edu.au.

The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) is designed to assess initial teacher education students’ personal literacy and numeracy skills to ensure teachers are well equipped to meet the demands of teaching and assist higher education providers, teacher employers and the general public to have increased confidence in the skills of graduating teachers.

The test has been introduced to assess those aspects of initial teacher education students’ personal literacy and numeracy skills that can be measured through an online assessment tool.

For more information about LANTITE please visit the ACER Website.

New practice material for the Literacy and Numeracy Test

Complete (65 questions) literacy and numeracy practice tests and worked solutions in PDF format are now available (free) on the Australian Council for Educational Research test website.  The Australian Deans of Education are working with ACER to deliver online interactive versions of the practice tests that will introduce candidates to the features and functionality of the actual testing environment. The online version of the tests are expected to be available to registered candidates ahead of Test Window 4.

Some UTAS ITE students have reported back positively on the LANTITE Numeracy support provided at the LANTITE Test Help website, although there is a $20 cost to access these resources.

Students commencing on, or after Semester 2, 2016

    From July 1st 2016 all Initial Teacher Education students beginning an Initial Teacher Education Course are REQUIRED to successfully complete the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to undertaking their final Professional Experience placement.

    To be eligible to complete your final placement in 2019, students must sit and pass the LANTITE successfully no later than the 2019 Window 2 to allow for results to be available prior to placement commencement dates. Once results are received, they must be uploaded as one document on InPlace. For more information please see Test Dates and Results

Students who commenced prior to Semester 2 2016

    All Initial Teacher Education students are EXPECTED to complete the LANTITE, however it won’t be a compliance requirement prior to your final placement.

    The School of Education strongly encourages all students to complete the LANTITE primarily because of the employment advantages it is likely to provide. Some states or territories outside of Tasmania may require successful completion of the LANTITE for registration or employment purposes. Currently, the LANTITE is available only to ITE students, so there may not be an opportunity to complete the LANTITE once you have graduated. In the future, you will be competing for jobs with graduates who have successfully completed the LANTITE.

If you have any questions please email Professional.Experience@educ.utas.edu.au or LiteracyandNumeracyTest@education.gov.au.

More information can be found at the Australian Government Department of Education and Training Document Library.

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

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 476.3 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.