WHAT IS QTS?

Planning on becoming a teacher? If so, you will need to pass the QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) skills tests. This guide to the QTS Literacy Skills Test has been written to provide readers with everything they need to know in order to pass.

The QTS Literacy Skills Test can be extremely tricky for the unprepared, and so it is vital to know what to expect from it. This guide details the four main aspects of literacy: spelling, grammar, punctuation and comprehension. In addition, each section includes sample questions for you to practice with, familiarising yourself with the format of the test in the process. Finally, this guide features a mock test which will allow you to get even more practice for the QTS Literacy Skills test.

Qualified Teacher Status is awarded to those who pass both the QTS Literacy and QTS Numeracy skills tests. QTS is required in order to teach in state schools in England and Wales. So, if you want to become a teacher, you will need to pass both of the tests.

WHAT IS THE QTS LITERACY SKILLS TEST?

The QTS Literacy Skills Test is a computerised test which is divided into four sections, one for each main area of literacy: spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension. In order to pass the test, you must achieve at least 60%. The test is 45 minutes long, although you can be given additional time if your circumstances meet certain requirements. The test can be sat at Learndirect centres found all over the country, and your first attempt is free of charge. This makes passing on your first try even more preferable!

How is the test presented?

As previously mentioned, the real test is computerised. This means that the types of question can ask you to do different things. For example, the spelling section of the test requires that candidates listen to words through headphones, and then type the correct spelling in. A question of this kind would look like the following:

Students acted as ……….. of the school during the trip.

In the real test you would: read the sentence, click the audio icon found where the missing word is, listen to the word, and then finally type the word in how you believe it to be spelled. If you have a hearing impairment, a multiple choice version of the same test is provided. Questions of this kind read as:

Students acted as ……….. of the school during the trip.

  • Representatives
  • Reppresentatives
  • Reppressentatives
  • Representitives

Ten questions of this kind will appear in the test, with ten marks available overall. Once you have completed this section of the test, you cannot return to it.

The format of the QTS Literacy Skills Test

The punctuation section of the test will present you with a piece of text with most of its punctuation missing. You will need to add fifteen pieces of punctuation to the text in order to secure all fifteen marks:

So far seventeen students have been placed under observation, with at least five of them at risk of temporary suspension in particular, jordans suspension was being discussed by the leadership team his bad behaviour was considered among the worst. However the greater issue at play was that none of the teachers in the science department could control the students. the headteacher has been reminded that teaching isn’t purely about knowledge and the ability to put new ideas across it’s equally important to be able to earn the respect of the class, and respect them in return A strong, mutual agreement between a teacher and their students is vital to success in lessons.

The grammar section of the test will have you choosing the most grammatically appropriate option from a multiple choice list. See below for examples of grammar questions.

Finally, the comprehension section of the test will provide you with a longer piece of text. You will need to be able to identify the key points, choose appropriate headings/subheadings, recognise what statements that the text supports or contradicts, and much more.

SAMPLE GRAMMAR MATERIAL

SHOULD HAVE/SHOULD OF

This is an incredibly common grammatical error which people make in their everyday lives. The way we speak is partially to blame: we often pronounce the ‘have’ of ‘should have’ as a ‘ve’. However, this often sounds like we are saying ‘of’, which is grammatically incorrect.

I should of gone to the meeting early to speak with the project leader.

This should read as:

I should have gone to the meeting early to speak with the project leader.

In a less formal context, it might be appropriate to use the contraction of ‘should have’: ‘should’ve’.

I should’ve gone to the meeting early to speak with the project leader.

This applies to many more of the modal verbs in the English language, such as:

Could | Would | Must

It is important to remember that ‘of’ never follows these words. If it sounds as though an ‘of’ is being added, it is mostly likely the word ‘have’, which may be contracted to ‘ve’ such as ‘could’ve’, ‘would’ve’ and ‘must’ve’.

The sounds which we make in spoken English can be deceptive, and the have/of confusion highlights this. When we speak, we naturally make contractions that we know other English speakers will understand. This is often done for the sake of briefness – it’s easier and quicker to say ‘could’ve’ than ‘could have’. Eventually, the ‘ve’ sound starts to sound like an ‘of’ sound, resulting in bad grammatical habits when writing. Remember that the sounds made in spoken English don’t always match those in standard written English.

SAMPLE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS

INCONSISTENCY IN PAST/PRESENT/FUTURE TENSES

For this question, choose the option which has the most coherent use of different tenses.

There were a number of teachers who were

A. prepare to accompany the class on the school trip on the condition that they would not have to supervise the students alone.

B. prepared to accompany the class on the school trip on the condition that they would not have to supervise the students alone.

C. prepared to accompanied the class on the school trip on the condition that they did not have to supervise the students alone.

D. prepare to accompanied the class on the school trip on the condition that they would not have to supervise the students alone.

COHESION

For this question, choose the option which makes best use of cohesive devices.

There were concerns that students were no longer taking PSHE lessons seriously.

A. However, the students were annoyed that PSHE had taken from one of their hours of PE.

B. Conversely, the students were annoyed that PSHE had taken from one of their hours of PE.

C. Moreover, the students were annoyed that PSHE had taken from one of their hours of PE.

D. In other words, the students were annoyed that PSHE had taken from one of their hours of PE.

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HOW TO PASS THE QTS LITERACY SKILLS TEST GUIDE CONTENTS

Written and created by the UK’s leading recruitment experts; this comprehensive guide includes:

  • Detailed breakdown of each section – this guide covers spelling, punctuation, grammar and comprehension in detail, providing explanations for all of the errors and conventions you may face, as well as general tips for completing each section to a high standard.
  • Sample questions for each section – with over fifty sample questions in total, there are plenty of opportunities to practice the questions and become familiar with the content of the QTS Literacy Skills Test.
  • Answers and explanations – each section comes with answers and explanations for the sample questions to make spotting and correcting your weaknesses easier.
  • Mock test – This guide also features a mock test to give as accurate an experience of the real test as possible. This allows for even more practice with unique questions.

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