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Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment

As of April 2012, the PECT Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment is the means of assessing reading, mathematics, and writing skills for undergraduate candidates seeking a state-approved Pennsylvania educator preparation certificate. 

All undergraduate candidates for initial certification will be required to pass the PAPA as well as the test corresponding to the specific certification area. Post-baccalaureate candidates for initial certification are not required to take the PAPA.

Post-baccalaureate candidates must take the specific certification area test(s). If you are already certified and adding another certificate, you only have to take the test(s) corresponding to the new certification area.

Interested in information about PAPA scores? Check out this document: How to Read Your Score Report.

For more information on the PAPA exams, visit the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests homepage.

Praxis Exams

The Praxis Series assessments provide educational tests and other services that states use as part of their teaching licensing certification process. The Praxis I® tests measure basic academic skills, and the Praxis II® tests measure general and subject-specific knowledge and teaching skills.

For more information, visit the Educational Testing Service website at The Praxis Series.

Which tests do I need to take?

Visit the the Pennsylvania Department of Education website for information on which tests to take for PA certification.

Check out this PDF document containing a list of passing test scores for PAPA and Praxis.