Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

Cambridge English

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What is TKT?

The TKT test is about teaching English to speakers of other languages. It aims to increase teachers’ 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.


Who is the TKT exam for and why should I take it?

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. TKT gives teachers a strong foundation in the core areas of teaching knowledge needed in the English language-teaching classroom. After taking TKT, teachers who want to develop their knowledge further can progress to the University of Cambridge’s well-established Teaching Awards, such as CELTA.


What is the format of the exam?

TKT has 5 Modules (these can be taken together in one exam session or separately, in any order):

  • Module 1 — Language and background to language learning and teaching
  • Module 2 — Planning lessons and use of resources for language teaching
  • Module 3 — Managing the teaching and learning process
  • CLIL — Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • YL – Young Learners – each Module has 80 questions and lasts 80 minutes.


Results for TKT are described as being in one of four band scores, 1-4. There is no Pass or Fail. Every candidate receives a certificate for each Module taken.

BAND A candidate at this level demonstrates
1 A limited knowledge of TKT content areas
2 Basic but systematic knowledge of TKT content areas
3 Breadth and depth of knowledge of TKT content areas
4 Extensive knowledge of TKT content areas


When are the results released?

The results are not released online. The certificates are available 4 weeks after the exam day.

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