Testing Requirements

Testing Requirements for Instructional Certificates

Certification Testing Requirements

Everyone being issued a Certificate in Pennsylvania must pass the required certification tests as determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).  Required tests vary by credential area.  You should consult with your advisor or the certification office for the testing requirements for your specific certification area.

All BSE Instructional I certification students and Master's program specialist certification students need to meet Pre-Service testing assessment requirements for Reading, Mathematics and Writing. 

There are now 4 ways to meet these initial assessment requirements.

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 to meet assessment requirements for Reading, Mathematics and Writing.

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 in one of three ways listed below:

Option1

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 now combine section scores from different test administrations and may use their best score earned. 

Option2

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.

 

Option3

Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) - http://www.pa.nesinc.com/

Required for all undergraduate students seeking initial teacher certification and for admission into Advanced Professional Studies (APS).

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 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. 

 Option4

Praxis Core: https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/

This test is split into three modules, one for each Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Candidates may take all three tests together, or may take each module separately.

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Test Title

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Minimum Composite Score

Administered By

Reading

5712

156

N/A

Praxis

Mathematics

5722

162

N/A

Praxis

Writing

5732

150

N/A

Praxis

*Minimum Composite Score information is not available at this time


Certification Area Testing for Instructional I:

Praxis Tests Administered by ETS - http://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/

Certification Area

Test Title

Computer Delivered Test Code

Qualifying Score*

Art  K-12

Art: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

5134

5511

158

150

Biology  7-12

Biology: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

5235

147

Chemistry  7-12

Chemistry: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

5245

154

Citizenship Education 7-12

Citizenship Education: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

5087

148

Earth and Space Science  7-12

Earth Science: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

5571

157

English  7-12

(effective 9/1/13)

English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

5038

167

French  K-12

OPI/OPIc (Offered at MU test center)

WPT

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

-

-

5511

Advanced Low

Intermediate High

150

German  K-12

OPI/OPIc (Offered at MU test center)

WPT

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

-

-

5511

Advanced Low

Intermediate High

150

Mathematics  7-12

(effective 9/1/13)

Mathematics: Content Knowledge (graphing calculator required) (2 hr.)

5161

160

Middle Level 4-8 (All Areas)

PA Grades 4-8 Core Assessment (All subtests)

Pedagogy Subtest

English/Social Studies Subtest

Math & Science Subtest

5152

5153

5154

5155

-

162

152

164

ML - Social Studies 4-8

ML - English 4-8

ML - Mathematics 4-8

ML - Science 4-8

Citizenship Content test

English Content test

Math Content test

Science Content test

5157

5156

5158

5159

150

156

173

156

Music  K-12

Music: Content Knowledge (contains listening section) (2 hr.)

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

5113

5511

158

150

Physics  7-12

Physics: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

5265

140

Reading Specialist  K-12

Reading Specialist (2 hr.)

5301

164

Social Studies  7-12

Social Studies: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

5081

157

Spanish  K-12

OPI/OPIc (Offered at MU test center)

WPT

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

-

-

5511

Advanced Low

Intermediate High

150

Technology Education  K-12

Technology Education (2 hr.)

Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (2 hr.)

5051

5511

159

150



 

PECT Tests Administered by Pearson or MU Test Center

http://www.pa.nesinc.com/ or http://www.millersville.edu/testcenter/

Certification Area

Test Title

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Early Childhood PK-4

PreK-4 Assessment (3 Modules)

Module 1

Module 2

Module 3

197

193

193

Special Education PreK-8

Special Education PreK-8 (2 Modules)

Module 1 (8011)

Module 2 (8012)

220

220



*Qualifying scores are based on a 3.0 GPA. Higher test results will be necessary for a GPA below 3.0. A GPA Qualifying Test Score chart is available for reference at http://www.millersville.edu/cert/requestinfo.php.