Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

Who is it for?

On this website you will get a complete understanding of the Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) and its importance in the field of English language teaching. Let’s get started.

The TKT is a first certificate for teachers with little or no experience. 

  • New and experienced teachers
  • Recommended for teachers with an English level of B1 or above
  • Teachers who teach primary, secondary or adult learners
  • Teachers who want to prove their teaching knowledge
  • Teachers who need a globally recognised certificate

There are 5 modules:

Core modules 1-3.
These focus on the candidate's knowledge about the principles and practice of English language teaching.

Specialist modules 4 and 5.
CLIL and YL are specialist areas of English language teaching.

The TKT YL is an exam for teachers and classroom assistants who want to teach English to young learners.

It tests knowledge of concepts related to young learner learning and development, and knowledge of young learners from a teaching perspective, including the planning, teaching and assessment of young learners’ work.

Lesson planning and use of resources for language teaching.

This module focuses on what teachers consider and do while planning their teaching. It also considers the linguistic and methodological reference resources that are available to guide teachers in their lesson planning.

Managing the teaching and learning process.

This module tests teachers’ knowledge of what happens in the classroom in terms of the language used by the teacher or learners, the roles the teacher can fulfil, and the ways in which the teacher can manage and exploit classroom events and interactions.

Content and Language Integrated Learning.

This module tests knowledge of the aims and rationale of a CLIL approach. It covers the planning, teaching and assessment of CLIL. It also focuses on teachers’ awareness of learning demands and support strategies for learners in CLIL programmes.

Content and Language Integrated Learning.

This module tests knowledge of the aims and rationale of a CLIL approach. It covers the planning, teaching and assessment of CLIL. It also focuses on teachers’ awareness of learning demands and support strategies for learners in CLIL programmes.

How you will be assessed

All of the TKT modules are taken on paper, and consist of 80 questions per module. You will have 80 minutes to take each module, and each question is worth one mark. There are multiple-choice and matching questions.

15 Great Reasons to Take the TKT

1. Professional recognition
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The TKT is a widely recognized and respected qualification, which can enhance the teacher's credibility and reputation.
2. Personal development
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The TKT can help teachers to identify areas of strength and weakness in their teaching and can help them to improve their teaching skills.
3. Career development:
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The TKT can help teachers to progress in their careers, as it is often a requirement for certain teaching positions.
4. Preparation for other teaching qualifications:
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The TKT can be a useful step on the way to gaining other teaching qualifications, such as the CELTA or Delta.
5. Knowledge and skills in teaching English as a foreign language:
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The TKT can help teachers to gain more knowledge and skills in teaching English as a foreign language.
6. Cost-effective:
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The TKT is a cost-effective way to assess the knowledge and skills of teachers and can be taken at a time and location that suits the teacher.
7. Versatility:
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The TKT can be used for both new and experienced teachers.
8. Convenience:
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The TKT is available all over the world, which means that it is easy for the teacher to find a test center and it is accessible to teachers of all levels of experience and language proficiency.
9. Increased chances of finding a job:
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The TKT is often a requirement for certain teaching positions, and it can increase the chances of finding a job in international or bilingual schools.
10. Increased pay:
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TKT certification can often lead to an increase in pay, as it demonstrates a teacher's knowledge and skills in teaching English as a foreign language.
11. Better student outcomes:
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TKT certified teachers can provide more effective and engaging English language instruction, which can lead to better student outcomes.
12. Improved job satisfaction:
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By taking the TKT, teachers can be more confident in their teaching abilities and have a sense of accomplishment, which can lead to improved job satisfaction.
13. Continuous professional development:
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The TKT encourages teachers to continue developing their knowledge and skills, which can lead to better teaching and ultimately better student outcomes.
14. Networking opportunities:
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The TKT can provide teachers with the opportunity to connect with other teachers and professionals in the field, which can lead to new job opportunities and professional development opportunities.
15. Flexibility:
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The TKT allows teachers to take the test on their own schedule, so they can study and prepare at their own pace.

“But I teach geography!”

You can take TKT whatever your background and teaching experience. It is suitable if you are:

  • a pre-service or a practising teacher
  • teaching primary, secondary or adult learners
  • a non-first language or first language English speaker
  • a teacher who wants to gain formal recognition of your experience, keep your teaching skills up to date and develop your career opportunities.


TKT Test Dates

Note: registration for the exams will take place 6 weeks before the stipulated test date. The test must be paid in full. 

Mode and Materials:

Blended – 100% online, with some real-time meetings. All materials provided on the platform.

What our trainees say

You must do it here at UP Language because the tutors are absolutely amazing, experienced and they will help you to get better.


We always count on very qualified tutors for our courses, as we understand this is our most valuable asset. Among them:

André Alipio

André Alipio started working as a teacher in 1988, and has been a teacher, coordinator, teacher trainer and/or DoS at different institutes in Brazil and abroad. He was responsible for the CPE for teachers at Cellep (BR131), International House São Paulo (BR650), and GTP. He has a B.A. in Communication from PUC/SP, holds RSA COTE and the Cambridge DELTA, IHCOLT from International House World Organization, and a masters degree in TESOL & Applied Linguistics from the University of Leicester. He has also worked as a course developer for 15 years, having delivered courses, training sessions, lectures and workshops in different countries. He has been working as a CELTA tutor (all modes) and Delta tutor (all modules) for different centres.

Elcio Souza

Elcio Souza has a B.A. in Translation and Interpreting, a B.A. in TEFL, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from UNICAMP. He also holds an overarching DELTA from Cambridge University. His 32-year teaching experience includes students of all ages and levels at language institutes, regular schools, and universities at both undergrad and graduate programs. Elcio has presented several lectures and workshops for teachers in Brazil and abroad. As an ELT-Pronunciation master coach, Elcio has been training in-service teachers, coordinators, and teacher trainers for over 20 years. He currently tutors Pronunciation, CELTA (all modes), and other language-specific and teacher education courses in Brazil.

Orlando Delgado

Orlando Delgado is a very experienced teacher and teacher-trainer, who is now the Director of Teacher Training at International House Mexico. He also holds ICELT and DELTA from Cambridge University, COLT and CAM from International House, and has an MA in TESOL from the University of Manchester. He is an ICELT moderator and a CELTA/Delta assessor, and has tutored and/or assessed CELTA and Delta courses in different countries, and in different modes (on-site, blended, or all-online). Orlando is now working towards his MBA and has shared his expertise in a number of interviews and teaching programs.

Test and Course Fees

Test – R$ 495 each

Course – R$ 1600 in 4 instalments 


The following will have a 10% discount on the fees above:

  • Active members of Braztesol and APLIESP

  • Former trainees of International House World Organization

  • Employees of publishing houses 

  • Academic coordinators of English teaching institutes

  • UP Language Consultants partner schools (ATTC)


The following will have a 15% discount on the fees above:

  • All active members of GTP

  • All Teachers at UP Language Consultants

  • Institutions that enroll 4 or more participants

We Love Questions - TKT FAQ

You can take the TKT as often as you like, but it is recommended that you allow time for reflection and improvement in between tests.

The passing score for the TKT is determined by Cambridge Assessment English and is based on the difficulty of the questions and the number of correct answers.

Yes, you must complete all three modules within two years.

Each module of the TKT consists of  80 questions and last 80 minutes.

If you do not pass the TKT, you can retake the test after a period of reflection and improvement.

The TKT is a computer-based test that consists of three modules. Each module is taken separately and consists of multiple-choice questions. The test lasts approximately two hours.

TKT: Module 1 is divided into three sections: describing language and language skills (40 questions), background to language learning (15 questions), and background to language teaching (25 questions).

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