Education and Arts

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

ACU students in classroom

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.

  • From 1 July, 2016 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 the beginning of 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.

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.

Click here to access the LEO site


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.


  • October 17 to 31, 2016
  • November 30 to December 8, 2016


  • Registration for the October test window opens on 5 September, 2016
  • Registration for the final test window in November opens on 2 November, 2016

For further information please visit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) website.

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; and
  • 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.

Note for special needs students

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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Useful links

  1. Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW
  2. Victorian Institute of Teaching
  3. Queensland College of Teachers
  4. Australian Capital Territory  Teacher Quality Institute
  5. Australian Council for Educational Research
  6. Sample questions