Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

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The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) is a test of the skills you need to be successful in teaching English to speakers of other languages. It is suitable for teachers of all age groups and abilities. There are various test modules available - you can sit as many as you wish in one session.

Who should take this exam? 

TKT gives you an internationally accepted qualification that proves your language-teaching abilities. The qualification is suitable if you are a new teacher and want to build your confidence and skills, or if you are an experienced teacher and want to specialise in a certain area, or are starting to teach English for the first time. 

TKT is also a good foundation if you want to study for a further qualification in teaching English, such as the CELTA or Delta. 

You don’t need any formal English qualifications to take the test.

What modules are available?

You can choose to take any of the TKT modules in combination or on their own, with the exception of TKT Practical. TKT Practical is only organised on request, contact us if you wish to register for TKT Practical. 

Core modules 1-3

  • TKT Module 1: Background to language teaching
  • TKT Module 2: Planning for language teaching
  • TKT Module 3: Classroom management

Specialist modules

  • TKT Knowledge about language (KL)
  • TKT Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • TKT Young Learners (YL)
  • TKT Practical

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Each written module consists of 80 questions and lasts 80 minutes. Read more about what to expect on exam day.

The TKT Practical module involves the completion of a lesson plan and the teaching of that lesson by an exam candidate. The teaching abilities of the teacher and their ability to engage students in the classroom activities will be evaluated by a certified examiner. It is a candidate's responsibility to ensure availability of students and test venue.

Results for TKT exams are available as soon as certificates are released - approximately six weeks after the exam. There is no pass or fail and your result will be indicated by a band score. Band 1 is the weakest, indicating you have restricted knowledge and skills in that area, and band 4 is the strongest, indicating extensive knowledge and skill.