Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)
Information for students
In 2015, Australia's Education Ministers agreed that, from 1 July 2016, a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) would be introduced. This is to assist higher education providers, employers and the general public to have increased confidence in the literacy and numeracy skills of graduating teachers.
The test will ensure that all new teachers have the high level of personal literacy and numeracy skills required to meet the demands of teaching. The Federal Government requires that, from 1 July 2016, all initial teacher education students must sit and pass the test.
All initial teacher education students enrolled in the School of Education at Southern Cross University must complete the LANTITE. This includes all students enrolled in Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary education courses.
Students are advised to complete and pass the LANTITE as early as possible in their program. Southern Cross University requires students to complete the test prior to their first professional experience placement. For students in an undergraduate prgram, that means Year 2, Session 2. In the Master of Teaching, it means Year 1, Session 2. Students cannot graduate without having successfully passed both components of LANTITE.
Information about the test
The test, offered by the ACER, is computer-based and is available to students at physical testing centres or online with remote proctoring. There are testing centres in all capital cities and a number of metropolitan and regional centres. Students who live more than 90 minutes from a testing centre will be able to access the test online via remote proctoring.
The test involves two separate components, one for Literacy and one for Numeracy, each consisting of 65 questions. The two tests can be attempted in one sitting or in separate sittings. A student who passes one component of the test but not the other can "bank" the passed component and will not have to sit that part of the test again. However, all students are required to pass both components (Literacy and Numeracy) of the test.
Please note, currently registered teachers undertaking further study do not need to sit the test.