Basic Skills and Licensure Testing

Basic Skills and Licensure (Specialty) Testing Information

Pearson Registration:  http://www.pa.nesinc.com/

Praxis Registration (Educational Testing Service)https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa

SAT WEBSITEhttps://www.collegeboard.org/

ACT WEBSITEhttp://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act.html

Basic Skills Tests are required for Candidacy and Teacher Certification: (Reading, Writing, and Math) PAPA (Pearson) / Praxis Core (ETS) / SAT / ACT

Basic Skills Tests and passing scores

 *STUDENTS MAY MIX QUALIFYING PAPA, PRAXIS CORE, SAT, or ACT SCORES for BASIC SKILLS TESTS (READING, WRITING and MATH)

*BASIC SKILLS TESTS EXEMPTION WITH QUALIFYING SAT or ACT SCORES

*CANDIDATES WITH AN APPROVED POST-BACCALUAREATE or HOLD AN ADVANCED DEGREE: YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO TAKE THE BASIC SKILLS TESTS.

*ALL MAJORS MUST PASS THE BASIC SKILLS TESTS (UNLESS EXEMPT) BEFORE TAKING ANY SPECILTY AREA TEST(S).

Subject Specialty Test(s) are required to be taken before Student Teaching and must be passed for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification.

 All candidates in teacher education programs at LHU must attempt the required Subject Specialty Test(s) prior to the first day of student teaching.  Candidates must register and present to the Teacher Education Office a copy of their Praxis admission ticket(s) or Pearson appointment confirmation(s) or a copy of received score(s) report for verification that all required subject specialty tests will be attempted before the first day of student teaching.

What Licensure (Specialty) Tests to take and passing scores

Type Major Test Code
(Pearson) PreK-4/Early Childhood  
(Pearson) PreK-4/Special  
(Pearson) Special Education PreK-8  
ETS Praxis Middle/Elementary 4-8  
ETS Praxis Health & Physical Education  5511 & 5857
ETS Praxis Biology CK 5235
ETS Praxis Chemistry CK 5245
ETS Praxis Earth & Space Science CK 5571
ETS Praxis English CK 5038
ETS Praxis General Science CK 5435
ETS Praxis Mathematics CK 5161
ETS Praxis Physics CK 5265
ETS Praxis Social Studies CK 5081
(Pearson) Special Education 7-12  

 

 Pearson InformationPAPA (Pearson) Qualifying & Composite Scores
Test name Test Code Standard PAPA Qualifying score Minimum composite sCORE
PAPA Reading 8001 220 193
PAPA Mathematics 8002 193 176*
PAPA Writing 8003 220 192
PAPA Reading, Writing and Math                      8701 (Test Code to register to take all 3 tests)
Composite Score Option for PAPA:  633

 Composite Score Option for PAPA:

The Composite Scoring Option for PAPA was initiated to enable a candidate who may excel in one area such as mathematics, but who is not strong in another PAPA area, to receive a passing score on the PAPA series. In order to qualify, a candidate must meet a minimum score in each test area (Mathematics, Reading, and Writing) and then exceed the passing score by an amount equal to the Standard Error of Measurement in one or two of the other test areas. 

*You must achieve the PAPA qualifying score in at least one area and reach the Minimum Composite Score total 633 when the 3 scores are added together.

*PDE will accept 174 as a minimum composite math score from candidates accepted into an educator certification program prior to 8/31/2016

PRAXIS (ETS) InformationPRAXIS CORE (ETS) Qualifying & Composite Scores
Test Name Test Code Qualifying Passing Score Minimum Composite Score
PRAXIS Core Reading 5712 156 148
PRAXIS Core Writing 5722 162 158
PRAXIS Core Mathematics 5732 142 132
Praxis Core Reading, Writing, & Mathematics 5751    

Minimum Composite Score Total: 460

*Note: The Minimum Composite Score total does not represent the sum of the 3 minimum scores. Candidates must meet all three minimum composite scores, must achieve the qualifying score in at least 1 CORE area, and also reach the Minimum Composite Score Total of 460 when all 3 tests minimum scores are met and added together.

 

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609 Robinson Learning Center
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