Below please find information about the Pennsylvania required certification tests. Each link takes you to the PA testing page of the test administrator. Be sure to verify that you are on the correct page before proceeding. You must have the tests taken and passed BEFORE you apply for certification in TIMS. If you have not passed the test with the cut score, please review the chart (#2 on this PDE webpage) for qualifying scores based on your GPA.
These are administered by Pearson: http://www.pa.nesinc.com
PLEASE NOTE: ALL PREK-4 STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO 'ADD ON' GRADES 5 & 6 THROUGH TESTING. YOU MUST VISIT THE PDE WEBPAGE TO FIND THE TESTS REQUIRED TO ADD GRADES 5 & 6. THEY MUST BE TAKEN AND PASSED BEFORE YOU APPLY FOR CERTIFICATION IN TIMS. PLEASE SEE/EMAIL LISA COLLINS WITH ANY QUESTIONS.
Secondary content areas (7-12), Educational Specialists (School Psychology PK-12 and School Counselor PK-12) and Administrative(Educational Leadership) tests
These are administered by ETS: https://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements
Basic skills tests are not required of post-graduate students as per a ruling by the Pennsylvania State legislature. Some 5-year program students may be required to take basic skills tests and those students will be notified by the OTC in writing.
TEST PREPARATION ASSISTANCE
If you would like additional assistance beyond the test preparation that ETS and Pearson offer on their website, please see the Butler County Community College site "www.passpraxis.com" . BC3 offers test preparation for a fee.