As of 14 February 2018, candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass. This means that the 2-year lockout period will be removed and candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
Furthermore, from 14 February 2018 all candidates will be able to book three tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.
If candidates paid for and took a second or third attempt at a test on or after the 24 October 2017 and before 14 February 2018, they will automatically receive a refund for the cost of the test.
The entry requirements to access training remain unchanged; candidates will still have to pass the skills tests prior to starting their Initial Teacher Training course. These changes simply remove financial and administrative barriers.
More information is available online at http://sta.education.gov.uk/. Alternatively, Learn Direct’s helpline is available Monday to Friday 8am-4pm on 0300 303 9613.