Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)


The Teaching Knowledge Test is a test from Cambridge English. TKT gives teachers a strong foundation in the core areas of teaching knowledge needed in the English language teaching classroom.


TKT is divided into 3 separate modules. Participants prepare for all on the course, but can take the test for modules that meet their needs. The core modules are designed to provide a foundation in the principles and practice of English language teaching.

Module 1: Language and Background to Language Learning and Teaching

This module builds participants’ knowledge of terms and concepts common in English language teaching. It also focuses on the factors underpinning the learning of English and knowledge of the range and functions of the pedagogic choices the teacher has at their disposal to cater for these learning factors.

Module 2: Lesson Planning and Use of Resources for Language Teaching

This module focuses on what teachers consider and do while planning their teaching of a lesson or series of lessons. Teaching in this context is intended also to refer to assessment. It focuses too on the linguistic and methodological reference resources that are available to guide teachers in their lesson planning as well as on the range and function of materials and teaching aids that teachers could consider making use of in their lessons. Knowledge of any particular book is not required.

Module 3: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process

This module tests participants’ knowledge of what happens in the classroom in terms of the language used by the teacher or learners, the roles the teacher can fulfil and the ways in which the teacher can manage and exploit classroom events and interaction.


The three core modules can be taken together in one exam session or separately, in any order, over three sessions. Each module consists of a test of 80 objective questions, lasting 80 minutes, which require you to select the correct answer and mark this on a computerised answer sheet.