2012 PAPA & PRAXIS Test Information

2012 PAPA & PRAXIS Test Information


Note: The information provided below is a summary and could be outdated. Please go the the Pennsylvania Department of Education website for the most up-to-date information.

IMPORTANT NEW TEACHER TESTING INFORMATION

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has changed some of their testing requirements. For entrance to the major, students will no longer take the PRAXIS I (PPST) series of exams after April 1, 2012. Students should take the PECT PAPA series of exams by Evaluation Systems of Pearson(ESP) if their initial test date is April 2, 2012 or later.

Below is information we received from the Pennsylvania Department of Education about the new PECT/PAPA tests that are replacing some of the Praxis Tests. Which test you must take depends where you are in your program of study and your major.

PAPA (Replacing Praxis I)

-Testing Transition: Beginning April 2, 2012 the newly developed Basic Skills (PAPA), Pre K-4, 4-8 and Special Education PK-8 and Special Education 7-12 will be required for undergraduate candidates completing the new certification programs.
-Undergraduate candidates who have taken or registered for the PPST (Praxis) basic skills test prior to April 2, 2012 will have their PPST scores accepted by PDE.
-Candidates who took the PPSTs and were not successful may retake the PPSTs after April 2, 2012 until they are successful.
-All undergraduate candidates who have not taken or registered for a basic skills prior to April 2, 2012 must take the Pre-professional Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) provided by Pearson.

The Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Web site: The Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) web site at www.pa.nesinc.com has been updated to include complete services and information for PECT candidates, including Internet registration.

Pre K-4, Special Education PK-8 and Special Education 7-12 (Replacing Praxis II)

www.pa.nesinc.com also gives information for PreK–4, Special Education PreK–8, and Special Education 7–12 majors on what tests you will need for what was Praxis II.
-The updated web site has been designed to be the center for all PECT program services, information, and transactions. Candidates have direct access to components of the PECT program, including:
• information about the tests that are available and what test(s) they need to take
• information about registering for a test and scheduling a test session (including test dates and sites)
• Information about testing policies and alternative testing arrangements
• test preparation materials, including study guides and full-length practice tests
• information about reference materials provided for a test (e.g., a calculator or glossary)
• information about their test results (i.e., score reports)
• a personal, password-protected account through which they can:
-quickly and easily register for a test and schedule a test session
-check the status of a registration and modify or cancel a registration, if needed
-access individual score reports and testing history

Mid-level (4-8) Major (Replacing K-6 Praxis II test)

If you are a mid-level (4-8) major, you can find information about the tests that are replacing the current Praxis II tests for mid-level at:
Pennsylvania teacher education program candidates may now register for the 4-8 pedagogy, core and subject matter content tests at www.ets.org. Beginning April 2, 2012, candidates in the 4-8 programs are required to take and successfully pass the 4-8 Praxis tests for Pa. Certification.
The ETS web site has been updated to provide information on 4-8 testing and program services, information, and transactions. Candidates have direct access to components of the 4-8 Praxis Tests, including:
- information about the tests that are available and what test(s) they need to take
- information about registering for a test and scheduling a test session (including test dates and sites)
- Information about testing policies and alternative testing arrangements
- test preparation materials, including study guides information about reference materials provided for a test (e.g., a calculator or glossary)
- information about their test results (i.e., score reports)

For the most up-to-date information about teacher testing requirements, please always refer to the PA Dept. of Education website.