logo  ELT Concourse: a free training course for TKT: modules 1, 2 and 3
The Concourse

Welcome to the free Teaching Knowledge Test course

welcome

The overview of Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) Core Modules 1, 2 and 3

This preparation course covers the three core modules of the Teaching Knowledge Test administered by the University of Cambridge.

You can, of course, simply use the practice exercises on this site without following the course (or any course).  You will then be wasting most of your time because testing yourself is not the same as learning.


classroom

What is TKT?

TKT is a modular course which is assessed via a paper-based examination.  There is no practical teaching assessment.
As well as the course on this site, a large number of institutions worldwide offer face-to-face courses to prepare you for the examinations.
You are not obliged to take a face-to-face course to enter the examinations.  You can do that at any Cambridge Open Centre.

In Cambridge's own words:
TKT shows how you are developing as a teacher. It is ideal for people who want to prove their teaching knowledge with a globally recognised certificate.
With TKT, you show employers that you:
   are familiar with different teaching methodologies
   know how to use teaching resources effectively
   understand key aspects of lesson planning
   can use different classroom management methods for different needs.

Source: http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/tkt/


overview

The overview

This page contains the overview of the course and the TKT itself.  From here, you can navigate to any other part of the course or simply begin and follow where we lead.
This course is free.  You do not have to register, sign up or pay.
You do not have to take this or any other course to take the TKT.  You can study alone and enter through a Cambridge Examination Centre.
However, this course is completely free so why not take advantage of it?
There is no guarantee that you'll get top marks in TKT, but if you do the work, you should.

On this page, you will find information about: 

The content of the three core Modules You can click on the diagrams below to take you to the course section for each Module.
Module 1
Module 2
Module 3
How TKT is assessed and the grades you can get This part of this page explains how the examination works and what marks you need for each grade.
Examination tips Click on this link for some advice before you take the examination.
How to use this course Click on this link to find out about the main course, the revision course and all the tests.


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What is in the three Modules?

TKT has three core Modules

You can click on the diagrams below to go to the index for the Module you want.


module 1

Module 1: Language and background to language learning and teaching

module 1

module 2

Module 2: Lesson planning and use of resources for language teaching

module 2

module 3

Module 3: Managing the teaching and learning process

module 3


marksheet

How is TKT assessed?

For each module there are 80 multiple-choice or matching questions.
You fill in your answers on an answer sheet like this.
You do not have to write anything else.
There are 4 Bands of assessment:

  • Band 4:
    • comprehensive and accurate / extensive knowledge of areas on the TKT syllabus
    • understanding of a full range of topics
  • Band 3:
    • generally comprehensive and accurate / extensive knowledge of areas on the TKT syllabus
    • understanding of most topics
  • Band 2:
    • basic knowledge of areas on the TKT syllabus
    • understanding of some topics
  • Band 1:
    • restricted knowledge of areas on the TKT Module syllabus
    • understanding of a restricted range of topics

To come into Band 4, you will need 70 out of 80 possible marks (87.5%).  To come into band 3, you will need 45-50 marks out of 80 (56.25-62.5%).
We'll give you plenty of practice as we go along.  Many of the practice tests are based on the formats you will find in the real examination.

TKT pass rates

Worldwide, the figures look like this*:

Pass Band 4 10.5%
Pass Band 3 61.4%
Pass Band 2 25.5%
Pass Band 1 2.5%

You should be aiming for at least Band 3 and this course is intended to help you do even better than that.

Examination tips
tips

Before the examination:

  • As you work through this guide, make a note of any words and expressions which are new to you.  Keep a separate notebook for this.
    Check through the Teaching Knowledge Test glossary (see the link below) and make sure you understand all the words.
    If you are working with a colleague, test each other.
  • Go back to each of the guides in the Module and do the practice tests at the end again.

During the examination:

  • Remember that all the questions are worth the same: 1 mark.
    Don't spend a lot of time on any single item.  If you don't know, move on.
    Do not spend more than one minute on each item.
  • Read the instructions carefully.
    • For some tests, you must find the WRONG answer.  Always read the instruction!
    • In matching tests there is usually one item extra which you do not need to use.
    • In some matching tests you have 7 or 8 things and only 3 or 4 items to match so you need to use some items more than once.
  • Tick them off as you go so you know what's left.  It's much easier that way.
  • If the answer contains exactly the same words as in the question, it is probably the wrong answer!

use

How do I use this course?

Should I follow the guides in order?
follow

Yes.  If you are new to TKT, follow the guides in order starting with the beginning of Module 1 (grammar) and finishing at the end of Module 3 (giving feedback).
Each part of the course is written on the basis that you have followed the previous parts.
If you are coming to this guide for some extra work and revision, you can take the guides in any order.

What if I don't understand something?
don't know

You can:

  • Repeat the guide.
  • Use the link below to Search ELT Concourse to find more guides to the area that puzzles you.
  • Ask a question.  This is a free course so you don't have immediate tutor support but you can use the contact link from the home page to ask a question.  If lots of people ask the same question, we'll try to answer it.

What equipment do I need?
notes

You'll need to read and take notes in many of the guides because they have tasks for you to complete.  If you do not do the tasks, you will not learn as much or engage with the materials.
A printer will be helpful for some guides but you do not need one.

What resources do I need?
resources

If you follow this course carefully and also read other guides on this site which are linked to it, you will have everything you need to pass TKT.  No further reference materials or activities are needed.
That does not, of course, constitute a guarantee!
In addition:

The TKT Glossary This is a list of terms and concepts useful for TKT on the Cambridge website.  Download it before you start and refer to it as you go along.
Cambridge English TKT The general information page for TKT on the Cambridge site.
A short course in language analysis This course covers phonology, morphology, lexis, phrase- and clause-structure, sentences and text structures.
The index page for initial training This section contains guides to language, skills, theory and more for less experienced or inexperienced teachers.
The index page for more experienced teachers This section contains guides to language, skills, theory and more for more experienced teachers.
Search this site Use these links if you are looking for something special.
The A-Z training index This is a list of all the training subjects on this site.
Learn to transcribe This is a short course to help you learn how to transcribe the sounds of English.

How do I revise?
revise

The really simple way is to do the course again!
The other ways are to follow these links.
There are short revision courses for all three Modules.
Do not do these until you have followed the course for the Module.
Module 1 revision Module 2 revision Module 3 revision
You can repeat all the tests and exercises in each Module.
Do not do this before you have finished the course for the Module
Module 1 tests Module 2 tests Module 3 tests

To start your course:
start

Click on the diagrams above or use this menu:
Module 1 Course Module 2 Course Module 3 Course

Good luck with the course!

If you have any comments and suggestions, please send them to ELT Concourse using the Contact link below.


*Source: www.cambridgeenglish.org/research-and-validation/quality-and-accountability/grade-statistics/2016/