Secondary Education teacher Alice Hook at Alstonville High School with student
Secondary Education teacher Alice Hook at Alstonville High School

Literacy and Numeracy Test for
Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

What do you need to know before taking the LANTITE?

Completion of the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) ensures that all new primary and secondary school teachers have the high level of personal literacy and numeracy skills required to meet the demands of the teaching profession. The test is designed, administered and governed by the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER).

LANTITE involves two separate components, one for Literacy and one for Numeracy, each consisting of 65 questions. The duration of each test component is 2 hours (including a short tutorial at the beginning of each test component). The two tests can be attempted in one sitting or in separate sittings. A student who meets the standard for one component but does not meet the standard for the other component will have to sit the unmet part of the test again until standard is met.

All Initial Teacher Education (ITE) students enrolled in a primary and/or secondary teaching degree in Australia are required to meet the test standard for both literacy and numeracy components of the LANTITE in order to graduate.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete LANTITE standard in both literacy and numeracy component early in their primary or secondary teaching degree to ensure optimal study progression through the program.

Prospective or unenrolled students are able to sit the LANTITE before commencing study in a primary or secondary teaching degree, see ACER eligibility criteria.

There are 4 test opportunities per year and candidates should aim to allow adequate time to ensure they have met standard for both test components early in their teaching degree 

Register for the test

Information about taking your LANTITE

Accessible computer-based test

LANTITE is a computer-based test, with two components – literacy and numeracy

Multiple testing locations

Testing centres in all capital cities and some regional centres

Choose how to take your test

The LANTITE test can be sat at physical testing centres or taken online

Available online with remote proctoring

Remote proctoring is available for all students.


Students are allowed 3 attempts for each component.
An additional two attempts may be permitted by ACER in special or extenuating circumstances.

More information on re-sits

Preparing for LANTITE

The Faculty of Education offers support for preparing for the LANTITE test. These include workshops, and a Blackboard site with access to resources, including practice questions. The University’s Learning Zone also supports students’ general literacy and numeracy skills through workshops, online resources, and other assistance programs.

The ACER website provides practice papers and advice on test-taking strategies and other information to help prospective candidates prepare for the test – see