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Passing the Numeracy Skills Test

Passing the Numeracy Skills Test

Sixth Edition

February 2015 | 112 pages | Learning Matters
"I'm so grateful for this book, which was invaluable for passing the skills test and made it much less intimidating. It explained each component of the test clearly and concisely so that I knew what to expect, taking me through the key knowledge and skills needed for each part and using language that was easy to follow. The example questions helped me identify areas to work on and were great practice to build my confidence." -Ruth Makoff, PGCE (Secondary) Teacher Trainee

All applicants to Initial Teacher Training in England need to PASS the QTS Numeracy Skills Test before starting their course. The test is designed to ensure trainee teachers have a sound grasp of numeracy skills such as mental arithmetic and interpreting statistics and how to apply these in practice. This popular and widely recommended book outlines all of the requirements of the QTS Numeracy Skills Test,  explains the essential subject knowledge candidates need and includes practice questions for test preparation.

This sixth edition, written by one of the authors of the test itself, is updated throughout and includes a full practice test, more practice questions and more question and answer commentary.  It is more than a collection of practice questions.  It includes advice, tips, test commentary and guidance to help you pass first time.

It helps you to:

  • familiarise yourself with the skills and knowledge to be tested
  • fully understand the format and structure of the numeracy skills test
  • know what to expect on the day of the test


This book is divided in to six chapters.


Chapter 1: this very short chapter has been included to remind you of the basic arithmetic processes. The majority of you will be able to miss this unit out, but some may welcome a chance to revise fractions, decimals, percentages, etc. 

Chapters 2-4: these cover the three 'content' areas (see above), one area per chapter. 

Chapter 5: this includes a practice mental arithmetic test, and a full practice onscreen test for you to work through. 

Chapter 6: this contains answers and key points for all the questions in the main chapters and for the sample tests.

In each chapter, the additional required knowledge, language and vocabulary are explained, and worked examples of the type of questions to be faced are provided together with the practice questions. The answers for these questions are given in Chapter 6, together with further advice and guidance on solutions. 

Revision checklists
You can use the checklists in your revision to make sure that you have covered all the key content areas. 

Key knowledge
Mental arithmetic
Solving written arithmetic problems
Interpreting and using written data
Practice mental arithmetic and on-screen tests
Answers and key points
Further reading

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Mrs Hanneke Doornik-Beemer
Education, Fontys University of Applied Sciences
February 1, 2017

Excellent for those wishing to progress to university and preparing for the skills tests. Very well laid out information.

Miss Sarah Coulson
Care, Sport and Leisure, Tyne Metropolitan College
June 17, 2016

This is a very comprehensive book about the QTS tests and we recommend it to all our prospective students who need any kind of help with passing.

Marcus Witt
Faculty of Education, University of The West of England
January 31, 2016

An Excellent book that mirrors the actual test questions well and gently introduces the demands of the QTS skills test to the trainees.
This is a book I always recommend and will continue to do so. It would benefit from an update in questions however.

Mr Atif Jaleel
School of Arts and Education, Middlesex University
June 27, 2015

This text as a bit too basic for our needs.

Frances Blumenfeld
Psychology , Essex University
June 10, 2015

This will assist learners who may not have confidence in their number skills or may need a recap.

Mrs Marcia Dewar
Health, Community & Social Care, Bradford College
April 21, 2015

Mark Patmore

Mark Patmore is a former senior lecturer in mathematical education in the School of Education at Nottingham Trent University and currently an associate lecturer at the University of Derby. He has also worked in teacher education with Bishop Grosseteste University and with training providers and provided subject knowledge courses for intending teachers of mathematics. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781473911758
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