Education and Arts

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

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Information for ACU initial teacher education students

The Australian Government has introduced a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE), effective from 2016. Education Ministers across Australia have agreed that, from 1 July, 2016, Initial Teacher Education students across Australia will need to pass a national literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE) prior to completing their course.

  • Students completing a NSW initial teacher education course will need to have successfully met the benchmark of an approved literacy and numeracy test (LANTITE) to be eligible for Provisional Accreditation in that state.
  • The Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Australian Capital Territory Teacher Quality Institute have advised that graduates seeking registration in Victoria and the ACT will need to have successfully met approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy (LANTITE) to be eligible for registration.
  • The Queensland College of Teachers recommends that Initial Teacher Education students who will complete their studies from semester two 2016 onwards undertake the test.

From January 2017 ACU Initial Teacher Education students will need to have successfully met approved benchmarks in literacy and numeracy before they undertake the final professional experience placement in their program of study. Successful completion of LANTITE will be a requirement for course completion.

The Faculty of Education and Arts will provide regular updates on our website as well as through emails, the current students website and our dedicated LEO site.

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The Test will apply to all students, irrespective of year of admission. The test will be available to students through a mix of physical testing centres and online delivery with remote invigilation. All students are required to pass both components (Literacy and Numeracy) of the Test.

Testing centres will be in all capital cities and a number of metropolitan and regional centres. (Students who live more than 90 minutes from a testing centre will be able to access the test online via remote invigilation).


  • Students will be required to pay to sit the test;
  • $92.50 each for the literacy and numeracy tests. Total cost for both tests is $185.

Dates for 2017

Testing Window Registrations Test
1. February/March 2017 Friday 20 January–Sunday 5 February, 5pm AEST Monday 20 February–Sunday 5 March
2. May/June 2017 Tuesday 18 April–Tuesday 2 May, 5pm AEST Wednesday 24 May–Tuesday 6 June
3. August 2017 Thursday 13–Wednesday 26 July, 5pm AEST Friday 18–Thursday 31 August, 2017
4. November 2017 Monday 9–Sunday 22 October, 5pm AEST Monday 13–Sunday 26 November

PLEASE NOTE: For the first test window, test sessions will be available by remote proctoring only.

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Test information

  • The Test involves two separate tests, one for Literacy and one for Numeracy
  • Each Test has 65 questions, with a mixture of multiple choice and constructed response questions
  • The two Tests can be attempted in one sitting or in separate sittings
  • A student who passes one component of the Test e.g. Literacy but not Numeracy can “bank” the passed component and will not have to sit that part of the Test again.

Students with additional needs

If you have a disability or other health-related need which might interfere with your ability to sit the test in the standard manner, you can apply for special testing conditions online via your candidate account. After submitting the request online, you also need to submit supporting documentation for your request to ACER (via email, mail or fax) for review. Refer to the ACER website for submission dates.

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