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Mandatory tests

Teacher registration authorities and, in future years, the National Program Standards for Accreditation of Initial Teacher Education require pre-service teachers to demonstrate literacy and mathematical competency.

LANTITE is a national requirement for graduation from all teacher education courses. Students will be unable to graduate from their courses without having completed these tests.

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE)

The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) is designed to assess initial teacher education students’ personal literacy and numeracy skills to ensure teachers are well equipped to meet the demands of teaching. It is also hoped that the introduction of LANTITE will assist higher education providers, teacher employers and the general public to have increased confidence in the skills of graduating teachers.

The best source for information about the LANTITE is the ACER website

The website provides information about:

  • How to register for the tests – including test window dates, opening and closing dates for registration
  • How to prepare for the tests – including practice material that provides sample questions for both the literacy and numeracy components(available as pdfs) and the format of the tests (eg. areas addressed, number of questions)
  • Sitting the tests – including permitted testing aids, information about test centres and remote proctoring, and misconduct


Important Information regarding LANTITE for Curtin University Students

The following is a summary of important information regarding the LANTITE:

  • The completion of the LANTITE is a national requirement for graduation from all Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses.
  • The requirement applies to all Curtin University School of Education students who complete their ITE course after 1st July 2017. Students will be expected to complete their LANTITE prior to their Internship (see the timeline below).
  • LANTITE presently has 4 test windows per year.
  • The School of Education recommends that students sit the LANTITE components in the early part of their course, once they have had time to familiarise themselves with the requirements of the tests.

As you progress through your ITE course with Curtin, further information regarding LANTITE will be provided via the Official Communication Channel (referred to as an OCC and accessed from the Welcome page when you log in to Oasis).

After reading through the information on the LANTITE website, if you have further general questions (such as regarding the timing of the LANTITE), please email

Once you have worked through the practice material, if you identify areas that you’d like to review or refresh (such as reading comprehension, numeracy, taking tests) please email the LANTITE Coordinator, Dr Audrey Cooke, on She will provide you with resources that may help you address these areas.

Exemption from the LANTITE requirement for graduation


The School of Education at Curtin University is required to comply with the national Literacy and Numeracy testing regime for graduating teachers, and thus, it is an expectation that all students reach an acceptable standard in both the Literacy and the Numeracy components of the tests in order to graduate. Each of our Initial Teacher Education courses is fully accredited in accordance with AITSL standards for ITE programs, which include this expectation that all students will demonstrate satisfactory achievement in the tests.

Undertaking the tests successfully will ensure that students will meet all requirements of registering bodies across Australian states and territories and will not be disadvantaged when seeking employment opportunities.

There may be circumstances for students close to finishing their course of study that have impacted on their ability to access the three allowable test opportunities, or to spend the time necessary to develop skills in an area of weakness. The application for exemption from the LANTITE test is provided below, for assessment of individual circumstances.

Application for Exemption

If you have any questions relating to this application, please contact