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 intensive 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 preparation course will run from Monday 19 October to Friday 11 December. For candidates wishing to take the exam in Sheffield, the ELTC will run the exam w/c 14 December (date TBC).

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).


Course fees are £275 for University of Sheffield staff, students and alumni and £395 for members of the public. 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' session a week.


If you would like to apply for the course you can either email to begin the application process or complete the form below:

TKT Preparation Course expression of interest form

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