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What is TKT?


The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) is a test from Cambridge ESOL 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. This flexible and accessible award will help you to understand:

  • 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.

After taking TKT, teachers who want to develop their knowledge further can progress to Cambridge ESOL's well-established Teaching Awards, such as ICELT and CELTA.


Who is TKT for?

TKT gives teachers a strong foundation in the core areas of teaching knowledge needed in the English language teaching classroom. 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.

There are no formal entry requirements. However, anyone wishing to take TKT 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.


Things you should take into account when you undertake the TKT tests.

The mastery of methodological terminology, which can be consulted in  the TKT Glossary, is of great importance. Here we offer you some equivalencies of terms you previously handled but using another name, that you will be using very often.
     TKT TERM                     EQUIVALENT                            
First conditional →Possible condition
Second Conditional →Unprobable or impossible condition
Third Conditional →Impossible Condition
Past perfect Simple →Past perfect
Past Simple →Simple past
Present Simple →Simple Present
Present perfect simple →Present perfect
Question tag →Tag question
Reported statement →Reported speech
False friend →False cognate
unvoiced sound →Voiceless sound
Appropriacy →Appropriateness
Target language culture →Sociocultural competence


What does TKT involve?

Most teachers are likely to follow a preparation course before taking the test but you can also prepare yourself through your own reading and study, if you prefer.

TKT has three core modules. These can be taken together in one exam session or separately, in any order, over three sessions. Each module consists of a test of 80 objective questions, lasting 80 minutes, which require you to select the correct answer and mark this on a computerized answer sheet.


Module 1 — Language and background to language learning and teaching:

  • describing language and language skills
  • background to language learning
  • background to language teaching.

Module 2 — Planning lessons and use of resources for language teaching:

  • planning and preparing a lesson or sequence of lessons
  • selection and use of resources and materials.

Module 3 — Managing the teaching and learning process:

  • teachers' and learners' language in the classroom
  • classroom management.


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