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PAPA (Pearson) and Praxis II Test Policy & Test Support Information

What you need to know:

Testing Requirements in Pennsylvania

Upon completion of 68 credits ALL Education majors must have taken and submitted passing scores of their appropriate teacher certification tests!!


Important links:

Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE): Testing Requirements
and Clarion's helpful required tests for teacher certification: Tests Needed for Certification.

IMPORTANT! You can NOT combine Praxis I and PAPA tests.

  • If you have already begin taking Praxis I then you MUST complete all 3 modules in Praxis I. (The deadline for registering for Praxis I was April 1, 2012. If you had not taken or registered for Praxis I by that date then you must take PAPA.)
  • If you have NOT taken any tests then you MUST take PAPA. Do NOT take any Praxis I tests.
What happens if I have taken some Praxis I and some PAPA? Then you have to retake the correct tests. The scores from the different forms cannot be combined.
Why are there 2 different test forms? PAPA is replacing Praxis I as the required PA test.
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PAPA Testing

 Follow the link below for more information.

What to Bring on Test Day:

You and your ID. Personal belongings WILL NOT BE PERMITTED in testing room. ID must be present at all times of testing.

What the test looks like:

PAPA consists of 3 Modules (Reading, Math, and Writing). These can be taken separately or together (for a discounted price). They are approximately 180 minutes if taken together. Allow for the 15 minute computer-based testing tutorial.
Format: Reading contains 40 selected-response items; Mathematics contains 40 selected-response items; and Writing contains 40 selected-response items, 2 sentence correction assignments, and 1 extended-response assignment.
On-screen calculator and a formula page are available during Mathematics (the following link provides a tutorial to these). Each test-taker is also given an erasable sheet for working out problems on all tests.
Want More Information? Check out this link.

PAPA Registration:

  1. PAPA is a computer-based test. Registering for the PAPA test must be done online.
  2. PAPA tests are offered at Clarion University on Fridays and Saturdays (unless otherwise indicated).  Enter Clarion, PA in the locator to sign up today!
  3. Don't forget to list Clarion University as the recipient when you register! Scores must be received by the university. Retain your test results copy as well.

What test to take:

PAPA Test Codes and Lengths

Score Reports:

Scores for Mathematics and Reading are available within 10 days; Writing scores are available within 20 days. For more information: PECT How to Read Your Score Report for PAPA
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Praxis II Testing

Register through ETS for Praxis II Computer-Delivered Tests:
Educational Testing Service has teacher candidates register for computer-delivered Praxis II tests online at
Policy for Praxis II/Pearson Tests and Student Teaching
Effective: December 2013


The teacher certification programs require successful passing of the appropriate ETSPraxis II or Pearson PECT exam(s).  The exam(s) should be completed before or during the student teaching field placement.  The specifics are: 

  • All candidates must take the required Praxis II or PECT exam(s) and present a copy of the registration or seat ticket to the Office of Field Services before beginning their student teaching semester.

  •  If  the exam(s) is not passed, the candidate must register to take the exam(s) again during the student teaching semester.

  • Once the candidate has passed the exam(s), he or she must report the passing scores to the Office of Field Services.

  • Candidates will not be eligible to receive the BSE degree unless they pass the appropriate ETS Praxis II or Pearson PECT exam(s).

  • In the case of failure at the end of the second student teaching course, these options will be available to the student:

    •        Receipt of the BSE degree may be delayed for one academic semester to allow the candidate additional time to pass the appropriate exam(s). 

    •        The student who is not eligible for the BSE degree may apply for the BS Liberal Studies with Concentration in Education degree.

  • Teacher candidate's graduation requires a 3.0 GPA. 


  • Praxis II: Specialty Area Tests

    Praxis II Registration:

    1. Praxis II tests are only offered in the computer-based format.  Registering for the Praxis II must be done online.
    2. Praxis II Tests will be given during the regular testing times throughout each academic year.  
    3. Praxis Requirements for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification This site identifies which tests are required by major(s) and what passing score is presently accepted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
    4. Scores must be sent to the OFS via the registration, OR the teacher candidate must bring a copy of the scores to the OFS as soon as they are available.

      Students with Disabilities

    PLEASE NOTE:   IF YOU ARE A STUDENT WITH A DIAGNOSED DISABILITY and anticipate the need to request accommodations please follow the corresponding sites below. For the PRAXIS II exams, please click on this link from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) And for PAPA please click on this link from Pearson. These websites explain the procedures for requesting both traditional and nontraditional accommodations. PLEASE NOTE: You should plan well in advance when registering to take these exams with accommodations, as it can take approximately six weeks for requests to be approved.
              If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 814-393-2095. 

    More Information

    PDE CSPG No. 21 has been revised to extend Praxis test score validity from 5 years to 10 years for candidates educated in Pennsylvania.  CSPG No. 21: Testing may be found on the PDE Website.
    Foreign Language French, German, and Spanish candidates have the option in Pennsylvania of taking either the PRAXIS or the ACTFL test. The ACTFL test includes a written (when available) and oral exam that is graded on a proficiency scale rather than a point scale.  Both the written and oral exams must be taken when available. The minimum proficiency to qualify is Intermediate High - Code 120. Candidates may contact the ACTFL Language Testing office at 914-963-7110.

    Confused on Old versus New Tests?

    Effective April 2, 2012
    * All Education majors need to take and pass the Pearson (PAPA)Exams
    Praxis II (has changed in some majors).....
    Old Test
    New Test
    ETS Praxis II ECH
    Pearson Prek-4 *
    ETS SPED k-12
    Pearson K-8*
    Secondary Ed
    ETS Praxis II
    NO Change
    All K-12
    ETS Praxis II
    NO Change
    ED Middle Level
    ETS Mid Level Praxis II 7-9
    ETS Mid Level 4-8*
    * Computer based only!
    · Information about Pearson tests:
    · Information about ETS Praxis tests:
    · Clarion University’s Pearson Testing Center is now open! Sign up today: Clarion's Pearson Testing Center. Select Clarion, Pa to find our center.

    Special Help:

    PAPA & Praxis II Preparation:
    Prep Classes at Butler County Community College (BC3) -
    For more information, please check out the Praxis/BC3 Website.  
    For further information, contact the OFS at 814-393-2144.