Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE)

Information about the test

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, and
  • all initial teacher education students must pass LANTITE.

LANTITE has been introduced to ensure all new teachers will have the high level of personal literacy and numeracy skills required to meet the demands of teaching.

LANTITE is administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It is a computer-based test and is offered in four test windows each calendar year. Students can sit the test online or at LANTITE testing centres in all capital cities and a number of metropolitan and regional centres.

LANTITE 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. All initial teacher education students intending to teach in Primary or Secondary schools are required to pass both components of the test (i.e. Literacy and Numeracy).

Students are permitted three attempts for each component of the test. Universities may support a fourth or fifth attempt under special or extenuating circumstances.

More information about the test can be found on the ACER and Department of Education, Skills and Employment websites.

Information for students

At Southern Cross University all initial teacher education students intending to teach in Primary or Secondary schools must complete LANTITE. Typically, this includes students enrolled in Primary/Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary education courses. It excludes students enrolled exclusively in Early Childhood courses.

Southern Cross University requires students to complete the test prior to their second professional experience placement.

It is strongly recommended that:

  • undergraduate students sit the test after successful completion of the first year units ENG10010 Foundations: Language and Literacy and MAT10002 Foundations: Mathematics and Numeracy, and
  • all students consider taking the Literacy and Numeracy components of the test in separate sittings. This is particularly important for students who initially attempted both Literacy and Numeracy in the same sitting and were not able to meet the standard for both components.

Students who fail to meet the standard after three attempts will be contacted by the School of Education to discuss support and approval for further attempts.

Students cannot graduate without having successfully passed both components of LANTITE.

Currently registered teachers undertaking further study do not need to sit the test.


The School of Education offers a range of support options for initial teacher education students preparing for the test. These include dedicated workshops and a Blackboard site with access to a range of resources, including practice questions. SCU’s Learning Zone also supports students’ general literacy and numeracy skills through workshops, online resources, consultations with Learning Coaches and other assistance programs. The ACER website provides practice papers and advice on test-taking strategies.