Special Requirements

Important information for current and enrolling Pre-service Teachers

Literacy and Numeracy TEST for Initial Teacher Education Students

The Australian Government's Literacy and Numeracy TEST for Initial Teacher Education Students, (opens in new window) is a requirement for all pre-service teachers, continuing and commencing, enrolled in an initial teacher education course.

The National TEST is computer-based and designed to assess aspects of your personal literacy and numeracy through a combination of multiple choice and constructed response questions.

The National TEST is an additional external requirement that is undertaken externally prior to your final professional experience. This is different to the School of Education Literacy assessment TASK and Numeracy assessment TASK that is undertaken during Master of Teaching Compulsory Course Commencement programs and first week of semester to ensure you have developed the academic literacy and numeracy skills required for your course.

Pre-service teachers are required to sit and achieve the standards of the national Literacy and Numeracy TEST at a testing window prior to enrolling in the relevant professional experience school placement:

  • 102141 PE4: Teaching in Country (B.Ed Primary – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education)
  • 102111 Professional Experience K-6 (M.Teach Birth – 12)
  • 102074 Primary Professional Practice 2 (M.Teach Primary),  OR
  • 102094 Secondary Professional Practice 2 (M.Teach Secondary).

Pre-service teachers are also required to sit and achieve the standards of the national Literacy and Numeracy TEST prior to graduation.

2019 Literacy and Numeracy TEST sittings

National Literacy and Numeracy TEST dates currently scheduled for 2019 are listed in the table below.

Registration Opens Registration ClosesTest Window Open Date Test Window Closing Date
16 January 2019

29 January 2019

18 February 2019

3 March 2019
5 April 2019

18 April 2019

10 May 2019 30 May 2019
3 July 2019

16 July 2019

5 August 2019

18 August 2019

9 October 2019

22 October 2019

8 November 2019 17 November 2019

Further Information

  • You can register to sit the TEST in a test centre, or for eligible students, by remote proctoring.
  • Information about remote proctoring is available on the test Administrator's website.
  • Information about the TEST and becoming a teacher in New South Wales can be found here.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions are available on the Australian Government's website.
  • The Australian Council of Educational Research implement the TEST for the Federal Government and charge a fee for registering to sit the TEST, Refer to the ACER website.
  • Students will be given an initial attempt plus up to, but no more than, two resits of the test for each component of the test.

For further information about the TEST and becoming a teacher in New South Wales refer to this website.

The national Literacy and Numeracy TEST will be used as the means to demonstrate that students completing initial teacher education courses are in the top 30 per cent of the Australian adult population for personal literacy and numeracy.

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Literacy TASK

Details of the Literacy TASK and the completion of the online support modules will be provided during the Compulsory Course Commencement.

The Academic Literacy TASK is designed to quickly and accurately measure your academic literacy, in particular your use and knowledge of the English language at the word, sentence, paragraph and whole text levels.

Completing the Academic Literacy TASK enables you to receive feedback on your literacy. The TASK will be marked as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

You must successfully complete the Academic Literacy TASK with a satisfactory grade before you can undertake your first professional experience unit.

Numeracy TASK

Details of the Numeracy TASK and the completion of the  online support modules will be provided during the Compulsory Course Commencement.

The Numeracy TASK has been designed to evaluate pre-service teachers' fundamental knowledge, core skills and proficiency in various aspects of numeracy.

Completing the Numeracy TASK enables you to receive feedback on your numeracy. The TASK will be marked as Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

You must successfully complete the Numeracy TASK with a satisfactory grade before you can undertake your first professional experience unit.

Support for students who receive an Unsatisfactory Grade for their Literacy or Numeracy TASK

Students who receive an Unsatisfactory grade for their Literacy assessment or Numeracy assessment TASK will meet with a Literacy or Numeracy Advisor to develop an individual action plan.

Once students have completed the actions in the plan they will be advised to re-sit the TASK at the next session. Students will be given a maximum of three attempts at each TASK.

Students who do not pass the Literacy or Numeracy TASK after 3 attempts

Students who have not received a satisfactory grade in the Literacy and Numeracy assessment TASKS after 3 attempts will exit with the Graduate Diploma/Certificate in Educational Studies (primary/secondary students) or with the Master of Teaching Birth-5 (early childhood students).

The following special prerequisite tasks must be completed before enrolment.

Working With Children Check (WWCC).

Pre-service teachers enrolled in Master of Teaching and Pathway to Teaching courses, where there are placement requirements, must comply with the NSW Working With Children Check legislation.

What are the requirements?

Each Pre-service teacher, student, volunteer or paid worker, working in child-related employment must apply for a Working With Children Check clearance number. This clearance is valid for 5 years.

In addition to providing the University with your WWCC clearance number details, you will need your clearance number to present to your placement setting.

If you are currently not working anywhere with children you can apply as a Pre-service teacher/volunteer and your check will be free of charge.

If you are currently working with children in paid employment of some sort you must apply as a paid employee and you will need to pay the relevant fee for your clearance number.

For information regarding fees please refer to the Office of the Children’s Guardian website.

What is the process?

Step 1: Fill in an application form online

  • Please visit Working with Children Check (opens in a new window) and fill in the online application form. You will be asked whether your child-related work is paid or unpaid
  • Please make sure the details you provide are EXACTLY THE SAME as the details on your identity documents. If you have submitted the form with a mistake, please redo the form to avoid problems with providing your proof of identity at Step 2
  • If you cannot access the online system, call a Customer Support Officer on (02) 9286 7219 for assistance with your application
  • Once you have submitted the form, you will receive an application number that looks like this: APP1234567

Step 2: Present proof of your identity

  • Go to a NSW motor registry or NSW Council Agency that offers RMS services with:
  • your application number AND proof of your identity (same as for a NSW driver's license)
  • You must have BOTH of these items for your application to proceed

Step 3: Present your verification letter to the University

  • Upon receiving your verification letter/email you need to provide it to the University by either taking it to a Student Central office or by scanning and emailing a copy to enrolments@westernsydney.edu.au
  • Your verification number will be confirmed with the Office of the Children's Guardian. Once clearance is received, your student record will be updated and you will be advised by email that you can proceed with your enrolment.
  • You may need to provide your verification letter to your placement authority, so please keep your original letter for future use.

ASCIA Anaphylaxis Training course

The Department of Education mandates the requirement for pre-service teachers to complete the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) anaphylaxis e-training course. This means prior to commencing your school placement and/or centre setting placement you will need to successfully complete the ACSIA anaphylaxis e-training courses and provide proof to your centre setting and/or school.

PLEASE NOTE: The course/online certificate has an expiry date two years from the completion date. If your course takes longer than two years to complete you may be required to do the e-training course again in order to complete a placement.

What do YOU need to do?

  • Access the ASCIA website (opens in new window)
  • Register for the course by clicking on New Account or clicking on the "Create New Account Button"
  • After completing the online form click Create my new account
  • You will be provided by return email a username and password to use to login at the ASCIA login page (opens in new window)
Program Course to Complete Email to:
Early Childhood Birth - 5 Years: the ASCIA anaphylaxis Australasian early childhood education/care 2019-20  course Birth - 12 Years: - the ASCIA anaphylaxis Australasian early childhood education/care 2019-20 course and the ASCIA anaphylaxis Australasian schools 2019-20  course AnaphylaxisEc@westernsydney.edu.au
Primary ASCIA anaphylaxis Australasian schools 2019-20 course AnaphylaxisPrm@westernsydney.edu.au
Secondary ASCIA anaphylaxis Australasian schools 2019-20 course AnaphylaxisSec@westernsydney.edu.au
  • Print and sign (or create a PDF which you can then save and print) the online certificate of completion. Please Note: There is no need for you to have your certificate counter signed by a Supervisor. Keep, for your own records, a copy of the printed certificate of completion (or a PDF).
  • Present the certificate of completion to the appropriate centre/or school staff member on your first centre visit.

What to do next? Lodge your Certificate of Completion

The School of Education now requires you to lodge, from your student email address, your anaphylaxis e-training certificate of completion.

The School has created a designated email address for you to email your certificate of completion. The email addresses are:

Rename your certificate of completion document with your student ID number and attach it to your email.

In the body of your email include:

  • Your First name
  • Your Surname
  • Your Course name: e.g. Master of Teaching (Birth – 5Years/Birth – 12 Years, Primary, Secondary), and, if known, your course code: (e.g. 1714)

Remember to keep a copy of the printed certificate of completion(or a PDF) and

Online Child Protection Awareness Training

The School of Education (SOE) views child protection awareness training as an essential preparation for any professional placements completed during your studies at Western Sydney University (WSU).

SOE online Child Protection Awareness Training (CPAT) is an initial child protection induction and a compulsory pre-requisite for professional experience placement at WSU. SOE Child Protection Awareness Training meets the requirement of NSW Education that 'any person working with children in NSW education and care settings must participate in an initial child protection induction prior to commencing work.'

SOE online Child Protection Awareness Training need only be completed once in your Pathway to Teaching undergraduate course (if required), and once in the Master of Teaching. SOE online Child Protection Awareness Training need only be completed once if you are a student in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education course.

You must undertake this online training even if you have completed Child Protection Training outside of the University.

Where and when is the online training available?

  • Child Protection Awareness Training is accessed through vUWS titled Child Protection Awareness Training for Education Students. After enrolling in your first semester units, you will find the link in vUWS under My vUWS sites when you log in.
  • The training will take approximately two (2) hours to complete. You may complete it in one (1) sitting or you may complete it one component at a time.

How long do I have to complete the training?

The training can be completed any time during the semester. However, in order to enrol in Professional Experience units in 2H, 2018 the following cut-off dates apply:

  • 3rd August 1783 Master of Teaching (Birth-5 Years/Birth-12 Years)
  • 3rd August 1781 Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • 3rd August 101577 Classroom Without Borders in courses 1781 Master of Teaching (Primary) and 1651 Bachelor of Arts (Pathway to Primary Teaching)
  • 3rd August 1714 Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • 3rd August 1717 Bachelor of Education (Primary) – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
  • 3rd August 102046 The Developing Child,  102103 Community Leadership and 102104 Theorising Play in course 1708 Bachelor of Arts Pathway to Teaching (Birth – 5/Birth-12)

What is involved in Child Protection Awareness Training (CPAT)?

The CPAT training consists of the following components:

  • Module 1: The legal context
  • Module 2: Risk of Harm
  • Module 3: Professionalism

What is the CPAT test?

At the conclusion of the CPAT training you must sit the online CPAT test.

  • You must complete all components of the training prior to taking the online test which can be found on the same vUWS site titled Child Protection Awareness Training for Education Students.
  • The CPAT test will take approximately 1 hour. You can take the test as many times as needed to achieve the passing score of at least 40 points out of a possible 50 points.

Any queries regarding Child Protection Awareness Training can be emailed to: enquirieseducation@westernsydney.edu.au


Students with an offer to enrol in an accredited initial teacher education course are required to complete an online interview to assess your capabilities, in other words, your talents and personal attributes that are relevant to the teaching profession. Western Sydney University refer to this compulsory assessment as QuEST about which you will receive an email prior to the start of the teaching session.

Refer to the Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (AITSL) website for more information and the Selection Guidelines: Factsheet

QuEST - Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to do QuEST?

Western Sydney University, as part of the accreditation process for its initial teacher education programs, is required to conduct QuEST by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL), which is the national accreditation body. AITSL requires all teacher education programs to comply with its requirements. For more information, please visit AITSL (opens in a new window)

When does QuEST happen?

Students receive an invitation to complete QuEST following acceptance of their offer. The invitation also states the completion date required.

Can I enrol in my course before undertaking QuEST? Or, if I have completed QuEST and am waiting for my result, can I still enrol?

Yes.  Currently, students are able to enrol in units in their Teacher Education program before undertaking QuEST or before receiving their result.

What happens if I don't pass QuEST?

Currently, an unsatisfactory completion of QuEST does not prevent course admission or enrolment into units. Students not achieving a satisfactory result will be given an opportunity to re-sit QuEST.

What if I still have questions about QuEST?

Information about QuEST will be communicated to commencing students, and QuEST will be discussed at the Compulsory Course Commencement (ComCoCom) sessions for your Teacher Education program.  
Additionally, you can email any questions about QuEST here.

Are there any tips on preparing for the QuEST assessment?

The following links will assist students with effective preparation for the QuEST assessment (hosted by Kira):