The NCTL website confirms that if you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the professional skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them before the start of the course.
The first three attempts at taking each skills test are provided free of charge. Further unlimited resits are allowed if required, but you will be expected to pay for these yourself.
You can book your tests in advance for a date by which you are expecting to have submitted an application. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. For further details, please see the NCTL website http://www.education.
We encourage you to take the professional skills tests as early as possible, preferably before the interview. If you submit your application to us by 02 March, and are successful at interview, a deadline of 31 May will be set for passing the professional skills tests. If by 31 May, one or more of the tests have not been passed, your offer will be reviewed and you may lose your place on the programme. If you submit your application to us after 02 March, a deadline of four weeks from the date of any offer made will be set for passing the professional skills tests (or the day before the official start date of the course, whichever is earlier). Please note: if you haven’t passed both skills tests by the official start date of the course, you will not be able to start the course. This is a National College of Teaching & Leadership requirement and we cannot be flexible about this.
Note: Skills test passes for applicants to ITT courses remain valid for three years so if you pass the tests and then your plans for starting an ITT course change, your results will remain valid for three years.
Please note: as the booking and provision of the professional skills tests is not within the control of the University of Exeter or Teach South West, we reserve the right to review this policy during the year.