Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) is a test of the skills you need to be successful in teaching English to speakers of other languages. TKT test aims to increase teacher's confidence and enhance job prospects by focusing on the core teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary or adult learners, anywhere in the world.
The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) can be taken at any stage in a teacher's career, and is ideal for people who want to prove their teaching knowledge with a globally recognised certificate. It is also ideal for those who have not yet started teaching.


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Who is TKT for ?
TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) is a flexible series of modular teaching qualifications, which test your knowledge in specific areas of English language teaching. There are no formal entry requirements. However, anyone wishing to take TKT exam 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.
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TKT focuses on:
The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) focuses on following areas
  • different methodologies for teaching
  • the 'language of teaching'
  • the ways in which resources can be used
  • the key aspects of lesson planning
  • classroom management methods for different needs

What does TKT involve?




TKT Core modules
Core modules
Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) has four core modules. These can be taken together in one exam session or separately, in any order, over a period of time.
  • Module 1 : Background to language teaching
  • Module 2 : Planning for language teaching
  • Module 3 : Classroom management
TKT Specialist modules
Specialist modules
Three specialist modules of Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) are available — these can be added to the above core modules, or each can be taken completely independently.
  • TKT : Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • TKT : Knowledge about language (KAL)
  • TKT : Young Learners (YL)
TKT Practical module
Practical module
TKT : Practical (to be discontinued from December 2016) includes assessment of:
  • lesson planning
  • classroom management
  • teaching skills


Module 1 : Background to language teaching

This module tests your knowledge of the terms and concepts common in English language teaching. It also focuses on the core knowledge underpinning the learning of English and knowledge of the options and resources you can use in the classroom.
Module 1 has one paper. It lasts 1 hour 20 minutes and has 80 questions.
The test is divided into three parts:

  • describing language and language skills (40 questions)
  • background to language learning (15 questions)
  • background to language teaching (25 questions)




Module 2 : Planning for language teaching

This module focuses on the knowledge and skills you need to be able to plan a lesson framework or series of lessons. Teaching in this context also refers to any assessment required by you to consolidate learning. It also focuses on the resources that are available to guide you in your lesson planning.
Module 2 has one paper. It lasts 1 hour 20 minutes and has 80 questions.
The test is divided into two parts:

  • planning and preparing a lesson or a sequence of lessons (40 questions)
  • selection and use of resources (40 questions)




Module 3 : Classroom management

This module tests your knowledge of what happens in the classroom during language learning, the teacher’s role and the ways in which you can manage and exploit classroom events and interactions.
Module 3 has one paper. 1 hour 20 minutes and has 80 questions.
The test is divided into two parts:

  • teacher’s and learner’s language in the classroom (40 questions)
  • classroom management (40 questions)

TKT : Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

TKT: CLIL tests the understanding of teaching curriculum subjects through the medium of a second or third language.

TKT: CLIL tests knowledge about content teaching in a target language, and the learning, thinking and language skills which are developed across different curriculum subjects. TKT: CLIL tests knowledge of lesson planning and the understanding of activities and resources needed to support a CLIL approach. It also tests knowledge of lesson delivery and how assessment is carried out in CLIL contexts.

The test TKT: CLIL has one paper. It lasts 1 hour 20 minutes and has 80 questions.
The test TKT: CLIL is divided into four parts:

  • knowledge of the principles of CLIL
  • lesson preparation in a CLIL context
  • lesson delivery
  • assessment.




TKT : Knowledge about language (KAL)

TKT: Knowledge About Language is a test of knowledge and understanding of the systems of language from a teaching perspective.

TKT: Knowledge About Language tests knowledge of the language systems used by teachers. It also focuses on awareness of learners’ language needs and the challenges students face in learning a second language.

The test TKT: Knowledge About Language has one paper. It lasts 1 hour 20 minutes and has 80 questions.
The test TKT: Knowledge About Language is divided into four parts which test knowledge of English from a teaching perspective in:

  • lexis
  • phonology
  • grammar
  • discourse




TKT : Young Learners (YL)

TKT: Young Learners is a test of the knowledge of the strategies and skills required to teach young learners. TKT: Young Learners is ideal if you are a teacher working in primary education.

TKT: Young Learners tests the background knowledge related to teaching young learners of between 7 – 12 years of age. TKT: Young Learners also tests understanding of planning lessons, different teaching strategies and assessing learning.

The test TKT: Young Learners has one paper. It lasts 1 hour 20 minutes and has 80 questions.
The test TKT: Young Learners is divided into four parts:

  • learning and development
  • planning lessons
  • teaching strategies
  • classroom-based assessment

Practical - Assessment of teaching competence

TKT: Practical is ideal if you have developed your skills and need formal confirmation of your practical teaching competence. It is an accessible and affordable way for you to prove your teaching abilities.

TKT: Practical includes assessment of:

  • lesson planning
  • classroom management
  • teaching skills


Test details:
A Cambridge English assessor will observe your teaching. The assessor will observe one 40-minute lesson. 20 of these minutes can be peer-to-peer teaching. Alternatively, if you are already teaching, you can take the test with your own class, arranged by your centre.

You will also be required to complete a Cambridge English lesson plan for assessment.