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Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments

Frequently Asked Questions by Faculty and Educator Preparation Programs

What is the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) program?

Visit the About the Tests page on this website for information about the AEPA program.

How were the tests developed?

Visit the How the Tests Were Developed page on this website for information on the test development process.

Are the AEPA tests aligned to national standards?

Where applicable, national standards are used.

Which AEPA tests include performance assignments?

  1. Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
  2. Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
  3. Chinese (Mandarin)
  4. Essential Academic Skills Subtest II: Writing
  5. French
  6. German
  7. Principal Subtests I and II
  8. Professional Knowledge—Early Childhood
  9. Reading Endorsement K–8
  10. Reading Endorsement 6–12
  11. Spanish
  12. Special Education: Visually Impaired
  13. Superintendent Subtests I and II

For more information about tests with performance assignments, select the test.

How does a candidate determine which tests to take?

Information about what tests candidates must take is available on the What Tests Do I Need to Take? page on this website.

How often are the AEPA tests offered?

All tests are available year round, by appointment.

Where are the AEPA tests offered?

The AEPA tests are administered at computer-based test sites throughout Arizona and nationwide.

Can someone in another state take the AEPA tests?

Yes, the AEPA tests are administered at computer-based test sites throughout Arizona and nationwide.

What provisions are made for candidates who might need alternative testing arrangements?

Candidates may request special testing accommodations during test registration. Evaluation Systems considers requests on a case-by-case basis to meet the particular needs of the test taker.

How many times can someone retake an AEPA test?

There is currently no maximum number of attempts to pass a test. Candidates must wait 30 days before retaking a test.

What kind of ID is needed to be admitted to take a test?

For complete information about acceptable forms of identification for AEPA tests, visit the ID Policy page on this website.

What is the passing score for the AEPA tests?

  • For Arizona custom tests, the scaled passing score is 240.
  • For NES tests, the scaled passing score is 220.

When are candidate scores reported?

Scores are reported to candidates within 2 to 6 weeks after the test administration.

How are the performance assignments scored?

Performance assignments are scored by qualified and trained individuals according to standardized procedures. Each performance assignment is scored by at least two individuals. The performance characteristics and the score scale(s) for each AEPA test are available on the preparation materials page for that test.

Who receives candidate scores?

Scores are provided to the candidate, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), and the institution(s) that the candidate selected during test registration.

What preparation materials are available for the AEPA tests?

A variety of free and fee-based preparation materials are available for the tests. Candidates can access the preparation materials from the Prepare page on this website.

Are printed copies of the study guides available?

All study guides must be accessed online. Study guides are available from the Study Guides page on this website.

Are printed copies of the fee-based NES practice tests available?

All NES practice tests must be accessed online. Visit the NES Practice page on this website for more information.