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The Basic Skills Test for Teaching Assistants

Designed in line with the new curriculum, The Basic Skills Test for Teaching Assistants provides a consistent and reliable way to check vital literacy, numeracy and IT skills for existing staff or as part of the recruitment process.

All questions are multiple choice and are presented in no specific order. Candidates will only receive credit for correct answers and will be guided over the course of the test to questions at the level of their own achievement.

Every candidate gets a different set of 75 questions chosen from our bank of over 5000.

Our software ensures that good candidates are not asked inappropriately simple questions, whilst also ensuring that candidates with suspect basic skills are guided to questions of a suitably revealing level.

How do I give the candidate a test?

The Basic Skills Tests are entirely online. Once you have logged in to the Employer area, you simply fill in a form that requests the following; Candidate Name, Candidate Email, an e-mail address for the results to be sent to and a chance to associate the candidate with a specific vacancy. (We recommend this if your account has multiple users). The candidate is then emailed a test PIN and a link to the test, which will work in any internet browser. Once they have clicked the link and entered their PIN, the test will start. Upon completion of the test, the results are emailed to your chosen email address immediately in PDF format.

How long does the test take

The test takes around 45 minutes. There is an option to turn off the time limit however, for candidates with learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Written to compliment the Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, The Basic Skills Test for Teaching Assistants was created to evaluate the skills a TA needs in today’s changing educational climate testing the candidate’s numeracy, literacy and IT skills identified in the new National Curriculum. It’s a consistent and effective tool designed to measure the aptitude of each job applicant, allowing you to make informed recruitment decisions.

Who writes The Basic Skills Test for Teaching Assistants questions?

The Basic Skills Test questions are drawn from a bank of multiple choice questions set and moderated by professional educationalists/UK teachers.

A block of 5 test credits is £125 + VAT. For more pricing information please click here.

If you require a smaller amount of tests than 5, please fill in the contact form below and we will get back to you with a quote.



    How do I purchase tests?

    When purchasing blocks of tests, the default option is by credit cards, but for educational establishments there is also the option to pay by invoice. Either payment option allows you to use the test credits straight away. To purchase please click here.

    Can I have a discount?

    We are able to discuss costs for individuals who anticipate significant use of our tests. Please email us at [email protected] with details of your annual usage.

    Try our FAQ or please email [email protected] with any questions you may have. You can also contact us via our contact form.