TKTs (Teacher Knowledge Tests)


Focus on specific teaching skills

What is TKT?

The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) is a test from Cambridge English Language Assessment about teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
TKT gives teachers a strong foundation in the core areas of teaching knowledge needed in the English language teaching classroom. It is ideal for all teachers, whatever their background and teaching experience, and is also suitable for people who would like to teach English but do not yet have a teaching position.

TKTs are for those who:

  • want to learn more about teaching English
  • want to increase confidence as an English language teacher and develop your potential in specific areas

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. However, anyone wishing to take TKT is strongly advised to have at least an intermediate level of English — Level B1 of the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — e.g. PET, IELTS band score of 4.


Course delivery:

  • available in Manchester and London
  • 1-2 week courses designed to help you develop skills in a variety of areas of teaching and provide training for the internationally recognised Cambridge TKT awards
  • flexibility on how and when you take each test; you can choose to take all tests or as many as you need

Core TKT modules and content:

The TKT has three core modules. These can be taken together in one exam session or separately, in any order, over three sessions.

Each module consists of a test of 80 objective questions, lasting 80 minutes, which require you to select the correct answer and mark this on a computerised answer sheet.

Module 1 — Language and background to language learning and teaching:

  • describing language and language skills
  • background to language learning
  • background to language teaching

Module 2 — Planning lessons and use of resources for language teaching:

  • planning and preparing a lesson or sequence of lessons
  • selection and use of resources and materials.

Module 3 — Managing the teaching and learning process:

  • teachers’ and learners’ language in the classroom
  • classroom management.

You will receive a certificate for each test you complete.