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Literacy and Numeracy & LANTITE

The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) is designed to assess the literacy and numeracy skills of initial teacher education students 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, as a National Government requirement to assess the literacy and numeracy skills of initial teacher education that can be measured through an online assessment tool.

For more information about LANTITE please visit the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Education Students page.

Students who commenced their current degree in Semester 2, 2016 or later:

All students commencing an initial teacher education (ITE) course in Semester 2, 2016 or later are REQUIRED to successfully complete LANTITE prior to graduation. For UTAS students, we require you to have successfully completed LANTITE prior to enrolling in your final professional experience unit*.

Students who commenced their current degree prior to Semester 2, 2016:

All students are EXPECTED to complete LANTITE, however you will not be required to complete the tests in order to enrol in your final professional experience unit or prior to graduation.

We strongly encourage all students to complete LANTITE due to the employment advantages it is likely to provide. In some states or territories outside of Tasmania require successful completion of LANTITE prior to registration or for employment purposes. In the future, you will be competing for jobs with graduates who have successfully completed LANTITE.

If you have any questions please email SAA.Education@utas.edu.au

When should I undertake LANTITE:

Course

Recommended 1st Attempt

Successful completion prior to:

43A BEd ECE

Prior to enrolling in PE2

Prior to enrolling in PE4

43B BEd Primary

Prior to enrolling in PE2

Prior to enrolling in PE3

43F BEd Applied Learning

Prior to enrolling in PE2

Prior to enrolling in PE4

43J BEd HPE

Prior to enrolling in PE2

Prior to enrolling in PE3

43M Bed Science & Maths

Prior to enrolling in PE2

Prior to enrolling in PE3

E7G MTeach

Prior to enrolling in PE2

Prior to enrolling in PE3 (or PE4)*

*Final placement

MTeach is transitioning from a 4 to a 3 placement model

The final opportunity to undertake LANTITE is Window 4 of the previous year (for students undertaking final placement in Semester 1) and Window 2 of the current year (for students undertaking final placement in Semester 2).

We highly recommend sitting LANTITE as soon as you feel prepared, and allowing yourself up to 3 windows to attempt the test if possible. More information including registration and window dates see Test Windows .

Preparation and Support:

Prior to your 1st Attempt:

Prior to attempting LANTITE you should complete the MyLO Literacy and Numeracy Tests and familiarise yourself with the practice tests and resources on the ACER Website as detailed in the LANTITE information email sent out regularly throughout the year.

Prior to your 2nd Attempt:

If you are unsuccessful on your first attempt at LANTITE, you should revisit the MyLO Literacy and Numeracy Tests and re-familiarise yourself with the practice tests and resources on the ACER Website. Additional information is also available on the School of Education website, and purchasing the Cambridge LANTITE Edge resources is recommended.

Prior to your 3rd attempt:

If you are unsuccessful on your 2nd attempt of LANTITE, evidence of affirmative action must be provided. You must contact the Director of Student Engagement Dr Casey Mainsbridge: Casey.Mainsbridge@utas.du.au

to discuss strategies for success on your third attempt. This discussion will include what attempts at preparation have been made. At this point, you need to be aware that a 4th attempt is not always made available,  and if granted is generally the final attempt - so you need to be as prepared as possible prior to undertaking LANTITE for the 3rd attempt.

Prior to your 4th attempt

If a you are unsuccessful on your 3rd attempt of LANTITE, an appointment must be made with Associate Professor Tracey Muir, Director of Initial Teacher Education (ITE): Tracey.Muir@utas.edu.au to discuss your progress and preparation so far. Prior to gaining permission for a 4th attempt, you must meet with the Director of ITE to  provide evidence of what preparation has been undertaken. If a 4th attempt is approved the Director of ITE will contact ACER to approve your registration of the 4th attempt. This must be done well before the next testing window is open, otherwise ACER will not approve your registration.

Prior to your 5th attempt

If you are unsuccessful on your 4th attempt at LANTITE, you will be referred to the Head of School for further discussion as a 5th attempt is only permissible under extenuating circumstances. The Head of School must certify that you have satisfied all the relevant criteria and provided sufficient information and documentary evidence (for example, a medical impact statement or professional report) to substantiate the claims that you have met the criteria:

  • Criteria 1. Special or extenuating circumstances have impacted on the student’s results to date and that the special or extenuating circumstances have now been resolved and are expected to impact less on the student’s next test attempt.
  • Criteria 2. A suitable level of remedial intervention has been provided by the HEP/TRA and undertaken by the student to improve the student’s personal literacy and/or numeracy skills. (Ref the sliding scale table in Annexure A of the Supplementary Guidelines to this policy for examples of support that can be expected prior to each test attempt).
  • Criteria 3. There is a reasonable expectation that the student has a chance to meet the standard should an additional resit be provided, including reference to how close to meeting the test standard the student has been and whether improvement has been shown over previous test attempts. Requests must include information about the students’ results for all test attempts.
  • Criteria 4. The student’s academic performance throughout their initial teacher education program has been strong and the candidate is well suited to teaching.

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.

Preparation for LANTITE:

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.

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.