ALL undergraduate students must complete and pass the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment before formal admittance to the Education program. These tests assess the candidate’s knowledge of reading, writing, and mathematics. Failure to successfully complete the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment may delay the candidate’s enrollment in upper level education coursework. Information and registration can be found at the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) website.
Information on this site includes:
Please consult the table below for PAPA passing scores.
***Effective September 1, 2013 the Secretary of Education has established an alternative means for candidates seeking educator certification in Pennsylvania to meet the requirements set forth in 22 PA Code 49.18 Assessment. This requirement is currently satisfied when a student passes the “basic skills” assessment administered by Pearson, also referred to as the Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA). Students may now meet the above-noted requirement of “basic skills” with either:
Students who meet either requirement shall be exempt from taking the PAPA exam. Those who do not much take and pass the PAPA examination.***