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The Cambridge English: TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) shows how you are developing as a teacher. You can take TKT whatever your background and teaching experience, and it is ideal for people who want to prove their teaching knowledge with a globally recognised certificate.

TKT is a flexible series of modular teaching qualifications, which test your knowledge in specific areas of English language teaching. You can take as many modules as you want, over any time period. You receive a Cambridge English certificate for each module you complete.

Who should take TKT?

TKT gives you an internationally accepted qualification that proves your language teaching abilities. It is suitable whether you are a new teacher wanting to build your confidence and skills, or an experienced teacher wanting to specialise in a certain area.

TKT is also a good foundation if you want to study for a further qualification in teaching English, such as the CELTA.

You don’t need any formal English qualifications to take TKT.

What modules are available?

You can choose to take any of the TKT modules in combination or on their own.

Modules 1–3
A test of knowledge about the principles and practice of English language teaching:

  • TKT Module 1: Language and background to language learning
  • TKT Module 2: Lesson planning and use of resources for language teaching
  • TKT Module 3: Managing the teaching and learning process

Specialist modules
An introduction to specialist areas of English language teaching:

  • TKT: CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)
  • TKT: YL (Young Learners)

Test format

Each module has one test paper, which lasts 80 minutes and has 80 questions. Each question is worth 1 mark. There are multiple-choice and matching questions.


Results are available two weeks after you take the test. There is no pass or fail and your result will be indicated by a band score. Band 1 is the weakest, indicating you have restricted knowledge and skills in that area, and Band 4 is the strongest, indicating extensive knowledge and skill.

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