Tips on booking the Skills Tests for applicants

Here are some useful tips to help you book your Professional Skills Tests with learndirect. Advice is not given to help you prepare for, or take the test however.

Already got a conditional offer?

If you’ve got a conditional offer already, but haven’t organised your Skills Tests yet, don’t worry. Let your provider or school know the situation as soon as possible, and update them as you book and take the tests.

Check frequently

Test slots are made available all the time, so check the website frequently for current availability. Please remember that if you cancel a test within 3 days of the test date, you’ll need to pay for your next attempt.

Searching for a test centre

Searching for a test centre on the skills tests booking website shows you the five nearest centres to your chosen location. If you can take the tests somewhere else, widen your search by looking for slots at alternative locations.

Do you live in or around London? There are nine test centres in London, so be sure to use the full list of test centres to find every location you can choose from.

If you’re away from home visiting friends and family during the time you need to take your Skills Tests, think about using the full list of test centres to find one close to where you’re staying.

Be prepared

Make sure you know where the test centre is located, what you need to take with you and how long it’ll take you to get there. Leave some extra time to complete the ID checks at the centre, details of which you’ll find under candidate identification requirements on the STA website.

Need additional tests?

If you need to book and take a second or third test, make sure you have plenty of time to revise in advance of it. Practice tests are available online, for both numeracy and literacy tests.

Skills Test

Visit the Department of Education (DFE) website to find out about:

1The Skills Tests process
2How to book a test
3Cancelling a test
4Rescheduling a test
5Special arrangements

Where to take the test?

The full list of skills test centres located in your area and further afield are also available from the DfE website.