Cambridge Assessment English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

The University of Cambridge Assessment English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) tests professional knowledge about the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.

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The TKT offers candidates a step in their professional development and is ideal for people who want to prove their teaching knowledge with a globally-recognised certificate, which is accepted in over 60 countries.

TKT is intended for teachers of English in primary, secondary or adult teaching contexts and is suitable for second- or first-language English speakers. It can be taken at any stage in a teacher’s career and is also suitable for those who have not yet started teaching.

It can be used as a good introduction to TEFL, to consolidate existing knowledge or to prepare for more advanced qualifications like the CELTA.

Course content

The ELTC offers an 8 week, fully online preparation course for TKT Modules 1, 2 and 3, which test candidates’ knowledge of the principles and practice of English language teaching:

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

The next TKT available course dates are:

  • To be confirmed (please check back at a later date for details about future courses)
    • TKT Exam Date for Sheffield based candidates: To be confirmed

You should be prepared to dedicate approximately 6-8 hours a week to working your way through the online content, including completing collaborative tasks and discussion forums, and one 'live' online session a week at 10am UK time each Wednesday throughout the course. Attendance at the live session is optional and a recording will be made available each week for any students who are unable to attend.

For candidates based in Sheffield, you will be able to take the TKT exam at the ELTC the week after the course ends. For candidates not based in Sheffield, you can find a local test centre here.

Candidates are not expected to fulfil any specific entry requirements, such as previous teaching experience or specific English language exams. However, to access TKT, we recommend a level of language proficiency of at least Upper-Intermediate level (e.g. CEFR B2 or IELTS band 6.0).


The course fee is £395, discounted to £275 for current University of Sheffield students. This does not include the Cambridge entry fee, which will be payable to the local test centre upon entry for the examination.


You can apply for the course by completing the application form:

TKT Preparation Course Application Form

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