All About the TKT

TKT tests knowledge about English language teaching. The tests are designed to encourage teachers in their professional development and provide a step in their progression on the Cambridge English Teaching Framework. Candidates can also use TKT to access further training and enhance career opportunities.



TKT Modules: An Overview


TKT is divided into separate modules. Candidates can take them all, or choose the modules that meet their needs. A certificate is received for each module completed.

The core modules are designed to provide a foundation in the principles and practice of English language teaching:

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


Teaching knowledge is assessed by means of objective-format tests, which are simple to administer and to take.

There are further specialist modules, which can be taken separately or added to the core modules:

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



Who are TKT Modules 1–3 suitable for?


TKT Modules 1, 2 and 3 test knowledge of concepts related to language, language use and the background to and practice of language teaching and learning. TKT is suitable for teachers of English in primary, secondary or adult teaching contexts.



TKT Modules 1, 2 and 3 may be taken by:

  • pre-service teachers
  • teachers who wish to refresh and extend their teaching knowledge
  • teachers who are moving to teaching English after teaching another subject.



Entry criteria and language requirements


Candidates are not required to fulfil any specific entry criteria for TKT Modules 1, 2 and 3 and there are no formal English language requirements; however, candidates are expected to be familiar with language relating to the practice of English language teaching and have a language level of B2..



What can successful candidates do with TKT?


TKT increases teachers’ confidence and enables them to progress to other Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications.

TKT is recognised as an English language teaching qualification by many organisations and institutions around the world.



Test structure


Each TKT module consists of a timed pencil-and-paper test featuring 80 multiple-choice questions.

TKT Modules 1, 2 and 3 test candidates’ knowledge of concepts related to language teaching and learning, rather than their proficiency in the English language, or their performance in classroom situations.


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