Testing Information

Certification Testing and Registration Information

Due to the current health crisis, visit the Praxis and PAPA websites for more in-depth information.

Pennsylvania requires assessment of all candidates in basic skills, general knowledge, professional knowledge and subject area knowledge before a certificate may be issued.


 Revised: 10/7/2021

  • Basic Skills or Pre-Service Tests
    Needed for APS
  • Content Area Tests
    Needed For Certification

    Certification Tests and Score Requirements are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) website.  The link below will re-direct you to the PDE Certification Testing Requirements website.  Select #3 in the list.  Select the appropriate tab within the document for your particular certification area.


    • minimum GPA of 2.8 or greater is required - higher test scores are needed when the GPA is a 2.8 - 2.99. Lower test scores are accepted with a GPA of 3.01 or higher. For GPA equaling 3.0 see PDE's document above.
    • If you pass by GPA, score reports will always reflect 'Not Passed'. PDE will review your GPA and score report after you are recommended for certification by MU.
    • The GPA sliding scale does not apply to add-ons. 
    • For information regarding Qualifying Test Scores as related to GPA, view the appropriate column in the document above (PDE Certification Tests and Score Requirements and GPA Sliding Scale).  



    Additional information can be found on PDE's webpage here: SPED - ACT 82 Expansion

  • Registration Instructions

    Registration information and instructions for the following are available on the Registration Instructions Home Page.

    • General Registration Instructions for ALL Tests
    • Specific Information relating to the following:
      • Persons Receiving their FIRST PA Instructional Certificate
      • Persons being Certified in MORE THAN ONE Certification Area
      • Persons ADDING an Area of Certification to a Current Certificate
  • Testing Help

    For Praxis tests-Go to the Preparation Materials web page.  There is a free study companion and an interactive test available for $19.95.

    Mometrix also offers a short free practice test for the Praxis tests.

    In addition, Khan Academy offers free test preparation materials for the Praxis Core tests.

    For PAPA tests-Go to the Practice Tests web page.  There is a free practice test and an interactive test available for $17.50.