Teaching qualifications - Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

Obtain the Cambridge TKT teaching qualification

The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) is a test of the skills you need to be successful in teaching English to speakers of other languages. It is suitable for teachers of all age groups and abilities. There are various test modules available. 

Who should take this exam? 

TKT gives you an internationally accepted qualification that proves your language-teaching abilities. The qualification is suitable if you are a new teacher and want to build your confidence and skills, or if you are an experienced teacher and want to specialise in a certain area, or are starting to teach English for the first time. 

TKT is also a good foundation if you want to study for a further qualification in teaching English, such as the CELTA or Delta. 

You don’t need any formal English qualifications to take the test.

What modules are available?

You can choose to take any of the TKT modules in combination or on their own. 

Core modules 1-3

  • TKT Module 1: Background to language teaching
  • TKT Module 2: Planning for language teaching
  • TKT Module 3: Classroom management

Specialist modules

  • TKT Knowledge about language (KL)
  • TKT Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • TKT Young Learners (YL)

Sitting a Cambridge English exam in Sri Lanka

Find out how to register for TKT exams in Sri Lanka

Find out when and where you can sit for the TKT exam in Sri Lanka and the cost for each module

Each module consists of 80 questions and lasts 80 minutes. Find out what to expect on the exam day

Results for exams are available two weeks after you take the exam. There is no pass or fail and your result will be indicated by a band score. Band 1 is the weakest, indicating you have restricted knowledge and skills in that area, and band 4 is the strongest, indicating extensive knowledge and skill. 

Find out why you should sit your exams with the British Council.

Watch this video of students like you to find out what our candidates say about their experience of sitting their exams with the British Council.