Testing Requirements

Testing Requirements for Educational Specialist Certificates

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In accordance with the policy below, candidates who have the required score on either the SAT or ACT at the time of their college matriculation are exempt from taking the PAPA exam in order to be admitted to APS.

Effective September 1, 2013, the Secretary of Education has established an alternative to the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) tests for candidates seeking educator certification in Pennsylvania in meeting the "basic skills" requirements. Students may now meet the requirement with either:

  • A score of no less than 1550 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT).

The SAT score of 1550 will include no individual section (Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) score of less than 500.

Students may not combine section scores from different test administrations, but they may use their best score earned from one test administration. 

OR

  • A composite score of 23 on the American College Test Plus Writing

The composite score of 23 shall be accompanied by a combined English/Writing score of 22 and a Math score of 21.

School Nurse 

Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)

Note: If you submit a copy of your RN license with your certification application, the tests are not required. The PPST tests are also not required if you currently have a PA Instructional certificate. 

Test Title

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Minimum

Composite Score*

Tests administered by

PAPA Reading

001

220

193

Pearson/MU Test Center

PAPA Mathematics

002

220

197

Pearson/MU Test Center

PAPA Writing

003

220

192

Pearson/MU Test Center



Please note: Undergraduate candidates who have taken or registered for the Praxis I, PPST test(s) prior to April 2, 2012 will have their scores accepted by PDE. If you took the ETS Praxis 1, PPST (Reading, Writing Mathematics) test(s), and did NOT receive passing scores you may retake the Praxis 1, PPST test (s) until you have achieved successful passing scores.

*The sum of the 3 PAPA tests must total or exceed a composite score of 686.

School Psychologist 

Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)

Test Title

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Minimum

Composite Score*

Tests administered by

PAPA Reading

001

220

193

Pearson/MU Test Center

PAPA Mathematics

002

220

197

Pearson/MU Test Center

PAPA Writing

003

220

192

Pearson/MU Test Center

Please note: Undergraduate candidates who have taken or registered for the Praxis I, PPST test(s) prior to April 2, 2012 will have their scores accepted by PDE. If you took the ETS Praxis 1, PPST (Reading, Writing Mathematics) test(s), and did NOT receive passing scores you may retake the Praxis 1, PPST test (s) until you have achieved successful passing scores.

*The sum of the 3 PAPA tests must total or exceed a composite score of 686.

Note: The three PAPA's tests are not required if you currently have a PA Instructional certificate.

Test Title

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Minimum

Composite Score*

Tests administered by

School Psychologist

0401

150

N/A

ETS/The Praxis Series

School Counselor

Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)

Test Title

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Minimum

Composite Score*

Tests administered by

PAPA Reading

001

220

193

Pearson/MU Test Center

PAPA Mathematics

002

220

197

Pearson/MU Test Center

PAPA Writing

003

220

192

Pearson/MU Test Center



Please note: Undergraduate candidates who have taken or registered for the Praxis I, PPST test(s) prior to April 2, 2012 will have their scores accepted by PDE. If you took the ETS Praxis 1, PPST (Reading, Writing Mathematics) test(s), and did NOT receive passing scores you may retake the Praxis 1, PPST test (s) until you have achieved successful passing scores.

*The sum of the 3 PAPA tests must total or exceed a composite score of 686.

Note: The three PAPA's tests are not required if you currently have a PA Instructional certificate.

Test Title

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Minimum

Composite Score*

Tests administered by

School Counselor: Elementary K-6 or Secondary 7-12

(0420 replaced by 0421 effective 8/1/2012)

0421

5421

(Computerized)

Available 02/2013

156

156

N/A

N/A

ETS/The Praxis Series