AEPA Program Update
Program summary. The updated AEPA program, sometimes referred to as the Arizona educator exams, now consists of two kinds of tests:
- AEPA customized tests. These tests were developed specifically for the state of Arizona.
- NES® (National Evaluation Series™) tests. The NES is a nationally available teacher certification testing program with tests that are aligned to profession-accepted national subject and pedagogy standards. Effective March 1, 2013, NES tests are the official tests to fulfill many subject knowledge testing requirements for Arizona teacher certification.
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:
|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|
|Basic Skills||AEPA custom||replaced||This test was replaced with the NES Essential Academic Skills test. See entry below.|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||NES||CBT||The NES Chinese test will be available in Sep 2013.|
|Constitutions of the United States and Arizona||AEPA custom||CBT|
|Early Childhood Education||AEPA custom||CBT|
|Earth Science||AEPA custom||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.|
|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.|
|Middle Grades English Language Arts||NES||CBT|
|Middle Grades General Science||NES||CBT|
|Middle Grades Mathematics||NES||CBT|
|Middle Grades Social Science||NES||CBT|
|Political Science/American Government||AEPA custom||CBT|
|Reading Endorsement K–8||AEPA custom||CBT|
|Reading Endorsement 6–12||AEPA custom||CBT|
|School Library Media Specialist||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|
For More Information
- What tests do I need to take?
- To learn more about a test, register for a test, or access preparation materials, see the Test Selection page and select your test from the menu.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I register for a computer-based AEPA test? Where can I test?
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.
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