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Certification Testing

Watch a brief YouTube video to learn how to navigate certification testing requirements.

Requirements

Pennsylvania requires assessment of candidates in Basic Skills prior to entry into a preparation program. Pennsylvania also requires assessment of candidates in General Knowledge, Professional Knowledge and Subject Area Knowledge prior to issuance of a certificate. The documents below provide guidance for completing these requirements. Please review them carefully prior to completing any assessment requirement.

  1. Pathways to Demonstrate Basic Skills for Teacher Certification Candidates (PDF) - watch a brief YouTube video that provides helpful information on the pathways
  2. Composite Score Calculator (Excel) Cannot be used for vocational certification
  3. Certification Test and Score Requirements (Excel)
  4. CSPG 21 – Testing

Announcements

The Praxis tests (noted in blue) were updated and will be replaced by ETS following the schedule below:

Certification Subject Area Test Name and Code Passing Score Link
Letter of Eligibility 
(Superintendent)
School Superintendent Assessment (6991) (NEW!) Initial test administration beginning 9/1/2019 Mandatorily required 3/1/2020 162* ETS
Letter of Eligibility
(Superintendent)
School Superintendent Assessment (6021/1021)
Accepted if taken before 9/1/2020)
160** ETS
CORE Academic
Skills for
Educators
Reading:  5713 (NEW!)
Writing:  5723 (NEW!)
Mathematics:  5733 (NEW!)
Initial test administration beginning 9/1/2019
Mandatorily required 3/1/2020
See Testing Chart for Individual Test Scores ETS
CORE Academic
Skills for
Educators
Reading : 5712
Writing: 5722
Mathematics:  5732
Accepted if taken before 9/1/2020

ETS
*For the new School Superintendent Assessment, PDE will not be able to supply qualifying scores based on GPA until the test has been operational for some time.  PDE will announce these when they become available.

**GPA option will still be applicable to the School Superintendent Assessment (6021/1021).  

  • Environmental Education (test code 0831) is still available. Look for the "Special Administrations" link on the Praxis Pennsylvania page