Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) is a web-based tool to help identify the optimal mix of knowledge and personal skills to become a successful teacher. It asks about previous experience, motivations to teach; and includes questions on literacy and numeracy skills, other abilities, and disposition.

When to complete TCAT

If you are planning to apply for the Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne, you will need to complete TCAT prior to submitting a course application.

Please note TCAT is a compulsory step in the application process for the Master of Teaching, and can only be completed once per intake.

How to complete TCAT

  1. Register your details to create a TCAT account
  2. After you create your account, you will be sent your login details
  3. Login, confirm your password and complete the online assessment

If you need to reset your account, visit Account Recovery

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The total estimated time commitment is 70 - 90 minutes.

Applying for the Master of Teaching

After you have completed TCAT, you will be sent a completion receipt by email.

International or domestic applicants applying directly to the University of Melbourne will be asked to provide a copy of their completion receipt with their Master of Teaching application.

Important information

The online assessment consists of five modules, which must be completed in sequence. You can monitor your progress via a progress bar at the top of the page.

You can save and exit the assessment at various stages however some modules are timed. Once a module times out, it will submit your response automatically so allocate sufficient time.

You cannot review or repeat a section once your response is submitted.

Use high speed internet as some images will be downloaded during the timed sections of the survey.

Read the frequently asked questions section before you start.

Do not over think your responses.

Inclusion and equity

The MGSE is committed to promoting inclusion and equity for applicants with disabilities or long-term medical conditions, and helping to provide technologies that assist students.

Reasonable adjustments can be made if an applicant with a disability or impairment experiences difficulty in completing TCAT. Please contact
mgse-admissions@unimelb.edu.au to discuss reasonable adjustments.

Research into good teachers and good teaching

Research into the characteristics of effective teachers is being undertaken by iTEERH, the International Teacher Education Effectiveness Research Hub based in the MGSE. The conduct of the research project has been approved by the University's Human Research Ethics Committee, and your information will be used in accordance with the University of Melbourne’s privacy policy. Please note that your responses remain confidential and will not be shared in an identifiable manner at MGSE, and only de-identified data will be used by the research team.

For further information on the research please contact tcat-help@unimelb.edu.au

More information

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