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Basic Academic Skills Exams in Reading, Writing and Mathematics

There are now two ways for education students in Pennsylvania to pass the basic academics skills tests in reading, writing and mathematics.

Candidates who are already certified and adding another certificate only have to take the test(s) corresponding to their new certification area as permitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Subject-Area Exams

These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that education students need to begin teaching.

  • Praxis®II Subject Assessments: These tests measure knowledge of specific subjects that K-12 educators will teach, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge.
  • PAPA Specific Certification Areas: PreK-4, Special Education PreK-8 and Special Education 7-12 students must take and pass all three modules to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification.

PDE Certification testing and Composite Score Calculator

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

How Do I Read My Scores?

Check out the following resources to better understand your test scores.

View this PDF document of PAPA ETS test numbers and scores.


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