Wondering why the tests are locked? Can't hear the audio on some of the questions? Check out the list below to get the answers to these and other questions we often get asked. If you can't find the answer to your question, email us at We'll aim to get back to you within 48 hours. You can also follow us on Twitter or catch up with us on Facebook.

How do I unlock the tests?

Once you complete test 1, test 2 becomes unlocked ready to take. And then test 3 and so on as you work through each test in order. You are welcome to take each test multiple times and remember, once you move on, it is not possible to revisit the completed test.

Why are my videos/audio/charts not working?

It is highly likely that upgrading your web browser will fix this problem. Visit for a choice of current browsers.

Do you have worked solutions for the questions?

When designing Numeracy Ready we purposefully decided not to include worked solutions to individual questions. This encourages people to develop a deep and secure understanding of the relevant underlying maths so they can apply it to different questions and contexts.

Are Numeracy Ready's tests the same level of difficulty as the real ones?

We have designed the tests using a wide variety of sources of evidence and experience. Although we cannot claim to be able to cover every eventuality, user feedback suggests our content is highly appropriate in preparing people to pass the real thing.

Do you have an app?

Whilst there is no dedicated app for Numeracy Ready, our website is built to run on all devices. It should work as well and look as good on a smartphone as it does on a desktop computer.

Do you have a similar site for the Literacy Test?

Not at the moment.

Why can I not download the answer sheet or progress tracker?

Enabling popups for the Numeracy Ready site is likely to fix this issue.

Do you answer specific maths questions?

Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to respond to individual maths questions. If you are really struggling with a particular aspect of the test you may wish to consider employing a 1-2-1 tutor. However, in our experience, there is no substitute for being persistent and trying to figure out those tricky questions yourself.

Who is Numeracy Ready?

We are a team of award-winning, Ofsted Outstanding, Advanced Skills maths Teachers and Lecturers in Education. With research backgrounds in neuroscience and online education, and a strong track record of digital design for learning and web development, we really are perfectly placed to create rich, enjoyable experiences that lead to secure understanding.

What is the Numeracy Skills Test?

Anyone who wants to become a teacher in England is required by the Department for Education to pass Numeracy and Literacy Professional Skills Tests before they start initial teacher training. These are taken online, and are pretty challenging by most standards. For example, you have 18 seconds to answer the following Mental Arithmetic question - go on, give it a go!

Example Test Question