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However, the trainee teachers are allowed to sit the test as many times as they need and record numbers are failing.
The numeracy test takes 48 minutes and contains 12 mental arithmetic questions, to be completed without the aid of a calculator. There are several longer questions with data manipulation which can involve a calculator. The 45-minute literacy test is in four parts – spelling, grammar, punctuation and comprehension.
The basic skills tests are taken online in literacy, numeracy and ICT and the pass marks are 60 per cent.
A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said trainees on some routes into teaching – such as on-the-job training programmes – were exempt from taking the skills tests.
"Ofsted tell us that the standard of teaching training has never been higher and big rises in results show that quality of teaching is improving massively year-in, year-out," he said.
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(If you want to see if you could be a teacher here is a sample test...)