Exam time: sample questions show what teachers can expect in new tests (no calculators please)

Sample questions from the current and new teacher tests

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Here are some questions from the current literacy and numeracy tests and proposed questions from the new maths and English papers.

Current numeracy test:

(Calculator allowed)

An ICT teacher compares the cost of building a paper-based ICT portfolio with the cost of using commercial e-portfolio software. The number of pupils on the course is 125. On average each paper-based portfolio includes 75 printed pages.

Costs are: printing - 2.5p per page; ring binder - 75p.

The total cost of the e-portfolio software is £250.00 per year.

How much money would the school save by using the e-portfolio software? Give your answer to the nearest pound.

(Answer: £78)

Current literacy paper:

(Spell the missing word in the sentence, heard through headphones)

Nadine was --------- that she had passed her geography examination.

(Answer: relieved)

Proposed maths paper:

(No calculator allowed)

The cost, £C, of advertising in a newspaper is worked out using the formula: C = 0.4n + 0.75 where n is the number of words in the advertisement.

a) The cost of an advertisement is £11.55. How many words are in the advertisement?

(Answer: 27 words)

b) If I have only £9.00, how many words can I afford?

(Answer: 20 words)

Proposed English paper:

Continuous prose question: "Every teacher is a teacher of English. Discuss."