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

The Australian Government has recently announced the introduction of a Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE). There are two parts to this test: Literacy and Numeracy. The test is computer-based and designed to assess aspects of your personal literacy and numeracy through a combination of multiple choice and constructed response questions. Sample questions for the test can be accessed here. This test is conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Who needs to sit the test?
Education students who first commence a Western Australian Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program (undergraduate and postgraduate) on or after 1 January 2017 will be required to sit and pass the LANTITE test before graduation. If you started your initial teacher education course before 1 January, 2017, we highly recommend you take the test in order to be competitive in the job market. However, it will not be a graduation requirement.

Click here for more information about LANTITE and teacher graduation, as provided by the Teacher's Registration Board of WA.

NOTE: Since 2016, the test has been compulsory for all graduating education students wishing to teach in NSW and ACT, and is also becoming a requirement for some independent schools in WA. Therefore, Murdoch University suggests it may be in all current students' best interests to undertake the test prior to graduation, so as to enhance employability, and for those planning to move interstate.

When should I sit the test?

  • If you are in a 4-5 year course, you should attempt both tests as soon as possible after completing all of your first year units. Your first year units will provide you with some preparation for sitting the tests.
  • If you are a postgraduate student, we recommend you sit the tests as early as possible.
  • Test results are not available immediately after completion of the tests, so you should sit your tests as soon as possible to ensure your graduation is not impeded. Please note: Results for those who undertake testing in Window 4 will not be received by the University for publishing until the following year.

How do I enrol to sit the test?

Choose a test date, make payment, and register for the test via the ACER website. Tests are usually held four times a year. You may also like to attempt the practice questions available on the ACER website prior to sitting the tests.

What happens after I sit the test?

ACER will forward the results of your tests to you, and to the University. If you have successfully passed both tests you need to do nothing more. The University will record the results of your tests against two zero point units, EDN298 LANTITE Literacy and EDN299 LANTITE Numeracy, which form part of your course requirements for graduation. If you passed your test/s a pass grade will be recorded against the appropriate unit/s. You must pass both LANTITE tests in order to graduate.

Students have up to three opportunities to sit the literacy test, and up to three opportunities to sit the numeracy test. If you do not pass the test on your first and second attemplt please refer to the School website for information. Please contact the School Student Advisors who will identify specific support agencies.

If you are unsuccessful after three attempts you must contact the Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching.