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The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) has been developed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations for teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

It focuses on core teaching knowledge and aims to enhance teachers’ confidence and job prospects.

The Teaching Knowledge Test is an easily accessible test that provides a step in a developmental framework of awards for teachers of English.

Register for TKT in 2015

How to register

<Test dates in 2015>

1. Saturday 17 January 2015

  • Registration period: 29 September ~ 18:00, 19 November 2014
  • How to Register: Download the Application Form below, fill it out, and send it to "exams@britishcouncil.or.kr"

▶ Download the application form for 17 January TKT exam 

2. Saturday 21 March 2015

  • Registration period: 29 September ~ 18:00, 21 January 2015
  • How to Register: Download the Application Form below, fill it out, and send it to "exams@britishcouncil.or.kr"

▶ Download the application form for 21 March TKT exam


  • Paying the test fee: Deposit KRW 66,000 for each module to the British Council Korea (Citi Bank  0-015867-019)
  • After checking the test fee transaction, your registration will be confirmed.
  • You will receive a Statement of Entry and a confirmation letter from British Council three weeks prior to the test date.


  • It is only possible to cancel the test during the registration period.
  • If you wish to cancel the test, please contact us with your bank name and account number; you will be refunded 75% of the test fee.

Why take this test?

TKT is prepared and delivered to international standards. Through studying for the Teaching Knowledge Test, candidates will understand:

  • the different methodologies for teaching
  • the language of teaching
  • the ways in which resources can be used
  • the key aspects of lesson planning 
  • classroom management for different needs.

Who is it for?

The Teaching Knowledge Test is suitable for teachers of English to primary students, secondary students and adults.

It is aimed at both non-first language and first language teachers of English anywhere in the world. Candidates are advised to have a minimum language level of Council of Europe Framework Level B1.

Teaching Knowledge Test may also be taken by:

  • pre-service teachers
  • teachers who wish to refresh their teaching knowledge
  • teachers who are moving to teaching English after teaching another subject

Test format

The Teaching Knowledge Test consists of three modules. For each module candidates answer 80 multiple choice questions.

The test focuses on candidates’ knowledge of teaching rather than their proficiency in the English language or their performance in the classroom. As a result, candidates are not required to listen, speak or produce an extended piece of writing.

Module 1 Language and background to language learning and teaching

  • Describing language and language skills
  • Background to language teaching

Module 2 Planning lessons and use of resources for language teaching

  • Planning and preparing a lesson or sequence of lessons
  • Selection and use of resources and materials

Module 3 Managing the teaching and learning process 

  • Teachers’ and learners’ language in the classroom
  • Classroom management