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All about State Testing Requirements

  • The PAPA, PECT, and Praxis Series provide tests and other services for Pennsylvania and other states to use as part of the teacher licensing and certification process.

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires that you pass Basic Skills Testing to assess your ability in reading, writing, and mathematics by the end of your third semester.

    You must then pass the PECT or Praxis II exams, which consists of one or two tests that measure your knowledge of your respective teaching discipline, before you may student teach. Current certification testing requirements can be found on the PDE website.

    The last date for IUP to receive scores to qualify for spring 2017 student teaching is January 6, 2017, for either the computer-based or paper-based exams (no exceptions).

    View the Basic Skills Testing Requirements.

    View the Praxis Series website for additional information.

    View the PECT website for additional information.

    What tests do I need to take?

    ID Requirements for Admission to Tests

    What Candidates Must Bring and Must Not Bring to the Test Administration

    We have received updated information from ETS and IUP University Testing regarding what candidates must and must not bring to any administration of any Praxis test.

    The Policy

    Cell phones, BlackBerry devices, PDAs, or any other electronic or photographic devices are not permitted in the test center. Possession or use of any of these devices will result in dismissal from the test center, forfeiture of test fees, and cancellation of test scores.

    Staff will not hold or collect devices from examinees under any circumstances.

    Additionally, there have been issues with students not bringing appropriate identification.

    All test takers must read the identification requirements on this page: On Test Day Overview.

    This information applies to both computer-based and paper-based tests.

    What Do I Do if I Don’t Pass the Basic Skills Tests?

    Students are permitted to take the Basic Skills Tests five times. If you don’t pass the PAPA or CORE exams after the fifth attempt, you will need to download and complete the Request for Appeal. The appeal form will be needed for a meeting with the associate dean for Teacher Education. After completing this form, contact the Teacher Education Office to schedule an appointment to discuss your appeal (724-357-2485).

    More Praxis/PECT Information

    Free Praxis Retest Form

    Praxis II Testing Times and IUP Deadlines (Select either computer-delivered or paper-delivered for centers and dates.)

    Register for a Praxis Test

    PECT Retake Voucher Request Form and Guidelines (updated)