AEPA Program Update

Program summary. The updated AEPA program, sometimes referred to as the Arizona educator exams, now consists of two kinds of tests:

All tests in the program, both custom AEPA and NES, address areas covered by Arizona state standards.

Passing scores. Your score report indicates your status for each test you have taken. Your test status is based on all sections of the test and is reported as "Passed" or "Not Passed." Your total test score is converted to a scale with a range of 100–300. For the AEPA program, the scaled score of 240 was chosen to represent the passing score for each AEPA custom test. For the NES tests, the passing score is represented by a scaled score of 220. The scaled score that represents the passing score (either 220 or 240, as described above) is not indicative of the difficulty level of any specific test. If the passing score for a test is represented by a scaled score of 220, that does not indicate that the test is easier or less rigorous than tests for which the passing score is represented by a scaled score of 240. The passing scores have been determined separately for each test based on recommendations of committees of educators and are designed to reflect the level of knowledge and skills required to teach in Arizona public schools. All passing scores have been reviewed and approved by the Arizona Board of Education.

Computer-based testing (CBT). All NES tests and AEPA custom tests are computer-based. A CBT design means access to tests by appointment, year round—examinees do not have to wait for an assigned date before testing.

The following table contains a list of all tests in the AEPA program:

Test Type Format Notes
Professional Knowledge Tests
Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary NES CBT
Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary NES CBT
Professional Knowledge—Early Childhood AEPA custom CBT
Subject Knowledge Tests
Art NES CBT
Basic Skills AEPA custom replaced This test was replaced with the NES Essential Academic Skills test. See entry below.
Biology NES CBT
Business Education NES CBT
Chemistry NES CBT
Chinese (Mandarin) NES CBT The NES Chinese test will be available in Sep 2013.
Constitutions of the United States and Arizona AEPA custom CBT
Dance AEPA custom CBT
Early Childhood Education AEPA custom CBT
Earth Science AEPA custom CBT
Economics AEPA custom CBT
Elementary Education NES CBT
English Language Arts NES CBT
Essential Academic Skills
Subtest I: Reading
Subtest II: Writing
Subtest III: Mathematics
NES CBT A passing score on the NES Essential Academic Skills test is not accepted for an Arizona teaching certificate and cannot be applied toward the federal highly qualified teacher requirement. Arizona educator preparation programs may require students to take and pass this test.
French NES CBT
General Science NES CBT Effective Mar 1, 2013, the NES General Science test must be taken in order to add General Science as an approved area to an Arizona teaching certificate.
Geography AEPA custom CBT
German NES CBT
Health NES CBT
History NES CBT
Mathematics NES CBT
Middle Grades English Language Arts NES CBT
Middle Grades General Science NES CBT
Middle Grades Mathematics NES CBT
Middle Grades Social Science NES CBT
Music NES CBT
Physical Education NES CBT
Physics NES CBT
Political Science/American Government AEPA custom CBT
Principal AEPA custom CBT
Reading Endorsement K–8 AEPA custom CBT
Reading Endorsement 6–12 AEPA custom CBT
School Library Media Specialist NES CBT
Spanish NES CBT
Special Education NES CBT
Special Education: Early Childhood AEPA custom CBT
Special Education: Emotional Disability AEPA custom CBT
Special Education: Hearing Impaired AEPA custom CBT
Special Education: Learning Disability AEPA custom CBT
Special Education: Mental Retardation AEPA custom CBT
Special Education: Orthopedic Impairments/Other Health Impairments AEPA custom CBT
Special Education: Severely and Profoundly Disabled AEPA custom CBT
Special Education: Speech and Language Impaired AEPA custom CBT
Special Education: Visually Impaired AEPA custom CBT
Superintendent AEPA custom CBT
Supervisor AEPA custom CBT
Theater AEPA custom CBT

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for a computer-based AEPA test? Where can I test?

Registration is currently available on this site.

Before registering, you may:

How do I register for a NES test? Where can I test?

Register online at the NES Web site at any time. Before registering, you may:

Note that your NES test registration account information (on the NES Web site) will be separate from your AEPA test registration account (on the AEPA Web site).

When will I get my NES scores?
NES score reports will be available within four weeks of testing. See "Get Results" on the NES Web site to access your test results. You may also choose during registration to have your score report e-mailed to you.
What is the passing score for NES tests?
The passing score is 220.

Seat Availability

Although you can view test dates and appointment times, you must register and pay for your test before your appointment can be scheduled. Once you register and pay for your test, you will be "pre-authorized" to test.

Check seat availability for AEPA custom tests at www.pearsonvue.com/es/sa/.

Check seat availability for NES tests at www.pearsonvue.com/NES/sa/.

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