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

Dates for 2019

Event Test Window 1 Test Window 2 Test Window 3 Test Window 4
Registrations Open  16 January 2019  5 April 2019   3 July 2019  9 October 2019 
Registrations Close   29 January 2019  18 April 2019   16 July 2019  22 October 2019
Test Window Opens  18 February 2019   10 May 2019  5 August 2019  8 November 2019
Test Window Closes  3 March 2019  30 March 2019  18 August 2019  17 November 2019
Results to Students        


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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