Learn about the approved Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) here, including what to expect, when and where you can sit the test, and how much it costs.

Test background

The Australian Government introduced literacy and numeracy tests for initial teacher education students (LANTITEs) in 2016.

Students completing a teaching degree in ACT, NSW, Qld and Vic must sit and pass a LANTITE before their final professional placement.

Even if you don’t want to go straight into teaching, you need to pass a LANTITE in order to successfully complete your course and graduate.

Test overview

A LANTITE is made up of two parts: a literacy part and a numeracy part. 

Each part has 65 questions, with a mixture of multiple choice and constructed response questions.

You need to pass both to successfully complete the test; however, you can choose to sit each part separately or together in the same sitting.

If you pass one part of the test but fail the other, you will only need to resit the failed part.

Taking the test

When you’re ready to sit the test, you should register and prepare.

Testing centres are located in all capital cities and a number of metropolitan and regional centres.

If you live more than 90 minutes from a testing centre and can’t attend in person, you’ll be able to do the test online with remote supervision (invigilation).

For more information on test centres, including locations, registration, how to book and what to bring, visit the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) website.

Go to the ACER website 


The two parts of the test each cost $98.

The total cost for both tests is $196.

Special testing conditions

If you have a disability or a health condition that might interfere with your ability to sit the test, you can apply for special testing conditions online through your candidate account.

After you apply, you will need to submit supporting documentation for your request to the Australian Council of Education Research (ACER) via email, fax or post.   

Learn more by visiting the special testing conditions page of the ACER website

Resitting the test

All students enrolled in an initial teacher education course (either undergraduate or postgraduate) will be expected to sit and meet the test standard prior to graduation. You have up to three opportunities to sit the test. You only need to demonstrate once that you have met the standard for each test component (literacy and numeracy). Test results are transferrable and do not expire.

There is an expectation that you will pass the test in your first attempt. ACU provides a range of resources including workshops to support your preparation that you are strongly urged to undertake prior to your first attempt at the test.

If you do not meet the standard after your first attempt, you should contact your Course Coordinator to request further support to help you reach the standard before registering to sit the test again. In special and/or extenuating circumstances, students may be allowed additional test attempts if ACU supports the request. Responsibility for initiating this process in LANTITE rests with you. The University will only support requests for additional test attempts if you can demonstrate that you have an appropriate level of competence to meet the standard or there are other extenuating circumstances.

Transferring into a new ITE course, or transferring from another institution, does not automatically reset your LANTITE sitting allowance. If you have not met the standard for either component, it is very important that you contact the Course Coordinator immediately to discuss your options.

Dates for 2021

Test Window

Registration opens ^

Registration closes ^

Test window dates *

2021 Window 1

12 January 2021

25 January 2021

15 February 2021 - 28 February 2021

2021 Window 2

14 April 2021

27 April 2021

17 May 2021 - 30 May 2021

2021 Window 3

13 July 2021

26 July 2021

9 August 2021 - 22 August 2021

2021 Window 4

28 September 2021

11 October 2021

1 November 2021 - 14 November 2021


Useful links

Faculty updates

We’ll keep you up to date. The Faculty of Education and Arts provides regular news about the test through student emails, the student portal and a dedicated section on our online learning ecosystem, Learning Environment Online (LEO). 

Log in to LEO to view test information 

Australian Council of Education Research

Make sure you visit the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) website for important information and services about the literacy and numeracy test, including: news, dates, test centre locations, registration and preparation. 

Visit the ACER website

Department of Education and Training

The Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training has a useful question and answer (FAQ) sheet about the test available on its website.

Visit the department’s website to view or download the FAQ

Need help? Contact us

You can reach out to us if you’re unsure about any part of the literacy and numeracy test. Contact AskACU or student support. We’re here to help.

Email AskACU
Search our FAQ knowledge database
Call us on 1300 275 228.


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