Faculty of Health, Arts and Design

Department of Education

Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

Information about an Australian Government test which is compulsory for current and commencing Swinburne initial teacher education students.


On 1 July 2016, the Australian Government introduced a new requirement for all undergraduate and postgraduate initial teacher education (ITE) students. The Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) was introduced to ensure that all ITE graduates have the literacy and numeracy skills required to meet the demands of teaching.

LANTITE is now a course requirement for all undergraduate and postgraduate ITE students, and you must pass this test in order to graduate from your degree.

LANTITE is also a requirement to register as a teacher in Australia.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) manages the test on behalf of universities in Australia. All details, including test window dates and how to register for the test, are on the ACER website.

Who must take the test

Education students who commenced their course from 1 January 2017 are required to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) in order to graduate from their degree.

Please note it is the responsibility of each student to prepare for, register for and pass both the literacy and numeracy component tests.

Q. What if I started my degree before 1 January 2017 and will graduate after 31 December 2017?
You must sit and pass the test in order to graduate.

Q. What if I started my degree after 1 January 2017?
A.  Undergraduate students must pass the test before completing 200 credit points (16 units) in their degree. Postgraduate students must pass the test before completing 100 credit points (8 units) in their degree.

Taking the Test

The two component tests are available four times per year during specified test windows. When registering for a test window, you can choose to go to a test centre in person or take the test online (via 'remote proctoring'). 

You can choose to sit both the Literacy and Numeracy tests during the same test window or you can focus on one at a time.

For all test windows and to register, visit the ACER website.


In 2019, the total cost for both tests is $98 per test or $196 (GST inclusive) for both tests, payable to the ACER. The cost is the responsibility of the student.

How to prepare

All Swinburne ITE students receive access to LANTITE support materials and workshops via the University’s Learning Management System, CANVAS.

For more information on how to prepare for the test, visit the ACER website to access practice materials.

Test results

The ACER will make your test results available to you. Your results will also be sent to Swinburne.

Re-sitting the test

If you do not pass a component of the test on your first attempt, you can re-sit each component two more times (you have three opportunities in total).

If you are unsuccessful after three attempts, you can request assistance from Swinburne to sit either or both components for a fourth time (see below).

Fourth Attempt

If you have failed either or both components three times, you will not be able to register yourself for a fourth attempt.

In this event, you can apply to have Swinburne request, on your behalf, that the ACER allow you a fourth attempt. Swinburne will support your application if you meet the following conditions:

  1. Your overall numeracy and/or literacy test results were within five percent (5%) of a satisfactory result; or,
  2. You experienced special or extenuating circumstances that impacted your ability to complete the test successfully; and
  3. After your second attempt, you sought additional resources and support to prepare for the third attempt.

In order for Swinburne to act on your behalf, you must submit a formal request via our Complaints and Feedback form. Your application must provide the following evidence:

  1. A detailed explanation of the reason you require another attempt at the test(s), including any special or extenuating circumstances with supporting documentations e.g. medical certificates; technical reports;
  2. A detailed summary of the steps you took to prepare for the first, second and third attempts. Please specify the support materials you used and any tutoring you received and provide any supporting documentation, such as screenshots or a letter from your tutor;
  3. A description of the additional preparation (e.g study, personal tutoring, preparatory modules) you will undertake if you are granted a fourth attempt; and
  4. Copies of the results certificate for each of your tests.

There is no guarantee that the ACER will grant a fourth attempt, even with Swinburne's recommendation. The final decision on whether you are granted a fourth attempt is made by the ACER.

Submit your resit request via our complaints and feedback form.

Once your request has been adjudicated, you will be notified via email whether Swinburne will submit a formal recommendation to the ACER.

Unsuccessful Fourth Attempt

If you are unsuccessful in your fourth attempt, you cannot apply for a fifth attempt via the Complaints and Feedback form. In this unlikely event, you will be contacted by the University to discuss your options.

Unsatisfactory Progress

The Course Rules for Education courses at Swinburne require the successful completion of LANTITE prior to reaching the mid-point of your degree. For an undergraduate degree, you must complete LANTITE by the time you reach 200cp and for a postgraduate degree, you must complete LANTITE by the time you reach 100cp.

If you do not complete LANTITE by the mid-point of your degree, you will be deemed to have unsatisfactory academic progress. At that point, you will not be able to enrol in any further placement units until LANTITE is complete.


You cannot graduate from an ITE course at Swinburne if you have not successfully completed LANTITE.