Wilkes University

Testing Information

Wilkes University Education Department Testing Guide

 

All Teacher Education candidates must pass a test of basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing. Students may meet this requirement by passing/achieving one of the following:

  • The Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) or
  • The Praxis Core or
  • Have SAT scores of 1550 with at least 500 in each area
  • or have an ACT score of 23.

To be certified in Pennsylvania all candidates must pass the appropriate PECT tests or Praxis II tests.

PRAXIS II or PECT tests should be taken prior to student teaching and/or at the conclusion of studies in student’s major field. Educational Testing Service (ETS) schedules administration of PRAXIS II tests at intervals throughout the year. Refer to www.ets.org/praxis for specific dates, locations, and times. Pearson administers PECT tests for Special Education and PreK-4; information about specific dates, locations, and times is available at http://www.pa.nesinc.com.

Major Test(s) Required for Passing Score*

Secondary Education Certification (7-12) Praxis II

Biology Biology: Content Knowledge (0235) Certification in Biology 7-12 147
Chemistry Chemistry: Content Knowledge (0245) Certification in Chemistry 7-12 154
Earth & Environmental Science Earth & Space Science: Content Knowledge (0571) Certification in Earth & Space Science 7-12 157
General Science: Content Knowledge (0435) Certification in General Science 7-12 146
English English Language Arts: Content Knowledge (5038) Certification in English 7-12 167
History Social Studies: Content Knowledge (0081or 5081) Certification in Social Studies 7-12 157
Mathematics Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) Certification in Mathematics 7-12 160
Physics Physics: Content Knowledge (0265/5265) Certification in Physics (7-12) 140
Political Science Social Studies: Content Knowledge (0081 or 5081) Certification in Social Studies 7-12 157
Spanish Spanish: World Language (5195) and Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (0511 or 5511) Certification in Spanish K - 12 166 Spanish & 150 Fundamental Subjects

Middle Level (4-8) Praxis II

Middle Level

PA Grades 4-8 Core Assessment (5152)

Certification in Middle Level NA
 

Pedagogy Subtest (5153)

  162
 

English Language Arts & Social Studies Subtest (5154)

  152
 

Mathematics and Science Subtest (5155)

  164
Middle Level PA Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies (5157) Certification in Middle Level: Social Studies 150
Middle Level PA Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: English/Language Arts (5156) Certification in Middle Level: English & L.A. 156
Middle Level PA Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics (5158) Certification in Middle Level: Mathematics 173
Middle Level PA Grades 4-8 Subject Concentration: Science (5159) Certification in Middle Level: Science 156

Elementary and Early Childhood (PreK-4) PECT
Special Education Tests PK-8 and 7-12 PECT

Elementary and Early Childhood PreK-4 (PECT) Pre-K-4 Certification 197/193/193
Dual Certification in Special Education (for both PreK-4 and Middle Level) Special Education PreK-8 (PECT) Certification in Special Education PreK-8 220
Dual Certification in Special Education Special Education 7-12 (PECT) Certification in Special Education 7-12 220

 

* PDE bases the cut scores listed above on a 3.0 GPA; a higher final GPA qualifies for adjusted (lower) test scores.

 

Go to this site for all information about Praxis tests: http://www.ets.org/praxis/

Welcome PECT Candidates
Quick links to program essentials to start you on your way:

Go to this site for all information about Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT): http://www.pa.nesinc.com


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