Aptitude for Teaching Assessment (AFTA)

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If you want to study an initial teacher education program at La Trobe, our AFTA is a free and on-demand alternative to the CASPer test

Key facts

Course category
Option 1 Self-paced online assessment Online (On demand)
Self-paced online assessment
Group Bookings
Not Available
There are no prerequisites for this short course
Certificate of Achievement

Course content

Here at La Trobe, we’re always looking for new ways to make it easier for students to enter the career they want, without barriers such as cost, location or time.

That’s why we’ve developed the Aptitude for Teaching Assessment (AFTA). Approved by the Victorian Institute of Teaching, it’s a non-cognitive scenario-based aptitude test that you can use as an alternative to the CASPer test. Please note: It can only be used for entry into initial teaching education programs at La Trobe.

Best of all, it’s available online, on-demand and completely free.

Course content

The program is a non-cognitive scenario-based online test designed to assess your personal and professional attributes. The assessment is divided into five sections, with each section representing an attribute. Within each section, you’ll be provided with three written scenarios, presented one at a time. The scenarios are randomised, and each section must be completed before you progress to the next section. This is an aptitude test that assesses your communication, self-regulated learning, teamwork, professionalism and problem-solving skills.

Your study experience

You’ll access the test online via our learning management system, the LMS. Working at your own pace, you’ll work through the material before attempting the test, which takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete.

If you don’t pass the test on your first try, we’ll provide you with support material so you can develop your understanding and take the test again. If you don’t pass on your second try, we’ll direct you to contact our Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching, who’ll provide you with further support and information about other pathways to study teaching at La Trobe.


When you are uploading your certificate to VTAC or Apply Direct, you will need to upload the certificate with your other documents in the documents tab NOT in the test tab.

Frequently Asked Questions

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I would like information about a short course. Who can assist me?  

Email: LaTrobeProfessional@latrobe.edu.au 

Phone: 1300 135 045

Can payment of a course fee be made in instalments?

No, course fees need to be paid in full before you can commence the course.

I cannot pay by credit card. Are there other payment options available? 

To arrange payment by BPAY or EFT, please contact LaTrobeProfessional@latrobe.edu.au 

I have paid the fee for a short course. When will I have access to the course?  

Access to courses is generally available two weeks in advance of the scheduled course start date, or as advised in the registration confirmation email.  Course materials are made available via our Learning Management System (LMS) for which you will be provided with your username and initial password.

I need to defer my registration. How do I go about this? 

Prior to your course commencing, you may request a deferral of your registration to the next available course date, by contacting executive_professional_education@latrobe.edu.au.  

I am getting an error when I try to log into my LMS account. Can you help? 

Please visit our Student IT Support contact us webpage if you require assistance.

I want to enrol multiple staff in a short course. How do I go about this? 

Contact LaTrobeProfessional@latrobe.edu.au for assistance registering multiple staff.