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Unit Overview


The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (the test) is designed to assess initial teacher education students' personal literacy and numeracy skills to ensure teachers are well equipped to meet the demands of teaching and assist higher education providers, teacher employers and the general public to have increased confidence in the skills of graduating teachers.

The test has been introduced to assess the aspects of students' personal literacy and numeracy skills that can be measured through an online assessment tool. Initial teacher education students will pay to sit the test. The test is available in set windows throughout each year.

The test is computer-based and consists of a literacy test and a numeracy test, each of which is administered in a two-hour session. At the beginning of each test session, additional time is allowed for a short orientation to the test screen and the various response formats.

If students are sitting both test components of the test at a test centre, they should allow at least 5½ hours from the time of registration for all testing procedures to be completed. There is a 20 minute break between each test component. It is not possible to leave the literacy or numeracy test component in the last 10 minutes. Care should be taken when making return travel arrangements including parking to allow adequate time at the test centre.

If students are sitting the test by remote proctoring, the test consists of four hours of test time, with a 10 minute break between the literacy and numeracy tests.

Students are administered 130 test questions in total, 65 literacy questions and 65 numeracy questions. In the numeracy test, there are 52 questions for which an online calculator is available, and 13 questions for which the online calculator is not available.

All the questions are in either selected responses (e.g. multiple choice) or short answer formats. No extended writing is required. Marks will not be deducted for incorrect responses.

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Non-standard teaching periodOnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to demonstrate their personal literacy and numeracy skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: national literacy and numeracy test. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the national literacy and numeracy test component.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Software application - Maths (estimated cost - $20 (Optional))
(2) Software application - English (estimated cost - $50 (Optional)).
Contact hours
assessment only—no associated contact hours
The test is provided by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Students can register for the test on this webpage:
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.