Course Title: The Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students

Credit Points: .00

Important Information:

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Kathy Littlewood

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7480

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is a requirement for the external accrediting bodies Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) and Australian Institute of Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) and is administered through Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It is not administered through RMIT. You are required to pass this course before progressing to Year Three of the program in order to be eligible to graduate and register as a teacher. The Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students is designed to assess your personal literacy skills to ensure that you are well equipped to meet the demands of teaching and assist higher education providers, teacher employers and the general public to have increased confidence in the skills of graduating teachers. For more information, visit

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


It is assumed that all students intending to be teachers have strong personal literacy skills. The Federal and State Governments have designed the Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education to assess initial teacher education students’ personal literacy skills to ensure teachers are well equipped to meet the demands of teaching. The Australian Council for Educational Research administers the Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education. 

Overview of Learning Activities

All students entering the BP320 Bachelor of Education program are required to have passed the Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education by the end of their second year in the program, to progress into the third year. To sit the test you must register for one of the testing windows. You are responsible for the fees associated with the Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Details of the Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education including practice questions, registering for a test window, fees and special conditions are available at the following website:

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources. The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

The Literacy test is administered through ACER. The test has been designed to reflect the contexts in which you are likely to exercise personal literacy skills. The literacy component will assess an individual’s reading, spelling and technical skills in writing. The following final grades are available in this course: • PX: Pass, no other grade available. • NN: Fail To receive a pass (PX) for this course students must achieve the required standard in the Literacy Test for Initial Teacher Education Students. ACER will release student results to RMIT University. You are able to sit each test a maximum of three times. You are able to apply for Special Consideration to ACER for the test, Further information on the test can be found at