Description of the TKT

The TKT is divided into modules which are tested separately. Modules can be taken at the same time or as many as needed. There is total flexibility in how and when modules are taken and successful candidates receive a certificate for each one they complete.

Core modules

Module 1: Background to language teaching
It tests knowledge of the terms and concepts of English language teaching. It focuses on the factors underpinning the learning of English.

TKT: Module 1 has one paper and lasts 1 hour 20 minutes and has 80 questions.

The test is divided into three parts:

  • describing language and language skills (40 questions)
  • background to language learning (15 questions)
  • background to language teaching (25 questions)

Module 2: Planning for language teaching
It focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to plan lessons or a series of lessons. It also looks at assessment and resources that can guide lesson planning.

TKT: Module 2 has one paper and lasts 1 hour 20 minutes and has 80 questions.

The test is divided into two parts:

  • planning and preparing a lesson or a sequence of lessons (40 questions)
  • selection and use of resources (40 questions).

Module 3: Classroom management 
It tests knowledge of what happens in the classroom during language learning, the teacher’s role in classroom management, and methods used to manage and make the most of interactions in the classroom.

TKT: Module 3 has one paper and lasts 1 hour 20 minutes and has 80 questions.

The test is divided into two parts:

  • teachers’ and learners’ language in the classroom (40 questions)
  • classroom management (40 questions).

+ TKT: Practical


Specialist modules


+ TKT: Knowledge About Language


+ TKT: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)


+ TKT: Young Learners


Last Update At: 2015/02/16 - 22:13:43

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