Beginning April 2012, the PECT Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) 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 are 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). Candidates who are already certified and adding another certificate only have to take the test(s) corresponding to the new certification area.   

The Millersville University Test Center is an Authorized PearsonVUE site for the administration of the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT). 

For more information about the PECT/PAPA tests or to register, please visit the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Test website. 

Tests Required for Undergraduate Candidates for Initial Certification

  • Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) plus the appropriate certification area test(s).

Tests Required for Specific Certification Areas

  • PreK-4
  • Special Education PreK-8
  • Special Education 7-12

For a PECT study guide and a full length practice test for each content area please visit the PECT Preparation Website .