If you’re an aspiring teacher, you’ve probably heard about LANTITE — the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education. “The successful completion of LANTITE is a condition of graduation from all Initial Teacher Education degrees at La Trobe,” says Kymberley Barbary, School of Education LANTITE Academic Advisor. First year undergrad Education students should aim to sit either the literacy or numeracy component before second year placement.
To help you prepare for the test, we’ve asked some of our Education PLAs (Peer Learning Advisors) for advice on how to make the most of your LANTITE study resources.
Use the BKSB self-diagnostic tools
Education students can access the BKSB LANTITE preparation tools from the School of Education Course Home Page on the LMS. You should be working at level 5 for both literacy and numeracy before registering for LANTITE.
The BKSB resources include a self-diagnostic tool and targeted practice material.
“I found the BKSB resources to be useful in identifying areas in which I needed to improve,” says PLA Clayton. “Once completing the diagnostic, you are provided specific tasks to work through until you achieve a high result and can move onto another concept you may need to develop. It’s a useful resource to gain a valuable insight into your strengths and weaknesses to more effectively plan your studying routine.”
Even if you’re confident in your skills, the BKSB resources are strongly recommended.
“I already had a great amount of confidence in my numeracy ability, but I still made sure to do the practice tests and use BKSB to determine if there would be any gaps I needed to work on,” says PLA Hannah.
Access the ACER practice test material
“The ACER online digital test material is available once you register for their test,” says PLA Olivia. Olivia also recommends accessing the PDF print versions of the ACER practice materials available on the website. “I printed these and completed them each probably about three times.”
Using practice tests can also help you to familiarise yourself with the test format and timing. “Do practice tests to time constraints,” says Olivia.
Hannah recommends using mindfulness meditation alongside practice test resources to boost confidence and calm nerves. “Anytime I did a practice test, I would do a 5-minute mindful body or breathing exercise first. This trained my body to feel relaxed and focused whilst taking a test. Start doing this a few weeks before the test.”
Speak to a PLA
For more help with test-taking strategies, take advantage of the Zoom drop-in services and speak to a PLA today! Visit the Learning Hub LMS to access the link. You can also book an appointment with Learning Hub staff.