National Literacy and Numeracy Test

National Literacy and Numeracy Test

Information for UNE students

The Australian Government has introduced a National Literacy and Numeracy Test (previously called the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students or "LANTITE") from 2016.  Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students are required to pass both components of the National Test before they are permitted to attempt the final professional experience (PrEx) placement; however, we strongly encourage all Initial Teacher Education students to consider sitting the National Literacy and Numeracy Test as early as practical to allow time for academic support and re-sits in the event of them failing a module.  The purpose of this webpage is to provide a resource for students which will be updated as information is received.

An overview:

  • The Test will apply to all ITE students, irrespective of year of admission;
  • ITE students are required to pass both components of the test before they may be released to undertake their final PrEx placement;
  • In line with government requirements, ITE students are not eligible to graduate until they have passed both components of the Test;
  • UNE does not administer the National Test.  Visit the ACER website for detailed information on the Test, testing windows and how to register;
  • The schedule for the Test window dates is available at https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/register/test-dates
  • ACER has released practice questions.  These practice questions, available on the ACER website, have been retired from previous Tests.

Literacy and Numeracy Support at UNE

The School of Education has a Moodle support site for the Test.  All students are encouraged to access this site, available online at: http://moodle.une.edu.au/course/view.php?id=12662.  On your first visit to the site, click on the green “enrol me” button to begin.

Test standard:

It is standard and best practice in test administration to routinely review the relevant standards measured by a test.  As per contract requirements with the Australian Government, ACER has undertaken a review of the test using the comprehensive data set available following a full year of implementation.  In addition, ACER has referenced items from the Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies survey administered by the Organisation for the Economic Co-operation and Development to confirm if the literacy and numeracy benchmarks continue to measure the top 30 per cent of the adult population.  Following this review, the literacy and numeracy standards have undergone minor adjustments.  The revised standards will be in place from Test Window 3 (August) 2017 onwards.

Contacts for enquiries:

Australian Government Department of Education and Training:   LiteracyandNumeracyTest@education.gov.au

ACER contact details:  https://www.acer.org/about-us/locations

NESA – for Teacher Accreditation enquiries: contactus@nesa.nsw.edu.au or phone 1300 739 338

AskUNE – please quote "National Literacy and Numeracy Test enquiry" and your student number/name in the ‘subject’ field

Useful links:

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA; formerly Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards or BOSTES).  Advice on eligibility, and answers to frequently asked questions, can be accessed from the NESA website:  http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/teacher-accreditation/how-accreditation-works/your-accreditation/future-teachers/literacy-numeracy-tests

Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Information about registering for and sitting the test: https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/

Sample Test questions:   https://teacheredtest.acer.edu.au/prepare/practice-material

Australian Government Department of Education and Training website – further information on the Test: https://www.education.gov.au/literacy-and-numeracy-test-initial-teacher-education-students