The Teacher Knowledge Test (TKT) is not a training or development course, but a test of your current teaching knowledge and skills: TKT: Modules 1-3 focus on knowledge language and methodology, via paper based exams.
TKT is ideal for teachers who have experience but minimal formal qualifications and those whose qualifications are recognised locally but not internationally. For teachers, it is a way for those who do not have the CELTA or DipTESOL to receive certification acknowledging the expertise they have gained through experience or more minor TESOL qualifications, without the need to commit to an intensive training programme. For EF, it is a measure of academic quality and a further tool for teacher development and career pathways. Additionally, assessment emphasises teaching relevant to the particular context, which means it takes into consideration teachers ability to work in your centre, with your student groups, using your school’s tools and methodology. It is equally relevant to EFEC and EF Kids and Teens.
Eligibility and Preparation
The TKT is intended for experienced teachers (who do not have formal/internationally recognised qualifications). This means it could be a challenge for less experienced teachers, especially if prior training didn’t involve practice teaching. For this reason, all candidates will be required to complete a series of assessed self-study tasks which will serve a dual function: as a screening process to ensure candidates who are accepted are likely to receive a good result; and in general better prepare candidates for the test.The self-study component emphasises careful reading of the documents supplied by Cambridge ESOL as teachers often underestimate how much that will help during. It also involves reflecting on extracts of classroom conversations and video clips of live lessons.
All candidates receive a certificate indicating a Band score ranging from 1 to 4, with a score of 3 (or higher) indicating a high standard of teaching.
HOW TO APPLY
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
TKT Module 1-3 and Young Learners
Module 1 Background to language teaching
This module tests your knowledge of the terms and concepts of English language teaching. It focuses on the factors underpinning the learning of English.
Module 2 Planning for language teaching
This module focuses on the knowledge and skills you need to plan a lesson or a series of lessons. This module also refers to assessment and focuses on resources that can guide you in your lesson planning.
Module 3 Classroom management
This module tests:
TKT: Young Learners tests the background knowledge related to teaching young learners of between 6–12 years of age. It also tests understanding of planning lessons, different teaching strategies and assessing learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
It costs 450 RMB for each module, Module 1, 2, 3 and Young Learners.
You need to have Blue Card and also have received higher than Band 2 on TKT Module 1 or Young Learners to take other Modules.
You need to apply at least 2 month before the exam month. For example, if you would like to take a TKT in July, you need to send your application form to email@example.com by the end of April.
TKT exam session is held once a month in each region, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Please note you may not be able to take a TKT in your desired month, depending on the number of applications. In such a case a notification mail will be sent to you from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chinese characters are not accepted by the Cambridge system, but your name in Ping Yin can be printed on your certificate. If it is different from your name you usually use, please write the name you would like to be printed on your certificate in "Name on certificate" of the TKT Application and Payment Form.
TKT exam information will be delivered through your managers.
Self-study materials are available here.