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
All students enrolled in an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course are required to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students (LANTITE) in order to graduate from 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.
The cost of each test is the responsibility of the student. Please visit the ACER website for the current price and payment options.
How to prepare
All Swinburne ITE students receive access to LANTITE support materials and workshops via Swinburne’s learning management system, CANVAS.
For more information on how to prepare for the test, visit the ACER website to access practice materials.
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). Please visit the Canvas LANTITE Shell for more information on how to apply for a fourth attempt (Swinburne login required).
If you are unsuccessful in your fourth attempt, you will be contacted by Swinburne to discuss your options.
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 200 credit points and for a postgraduate degree, you must complete LANTITE by the time you reach 100 credit points.
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.