About the PECT Exams
The Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) are a state-approved means of testing basic skills and content knowledge for prospective educational licensees. The PECT is comprised of four different tests, including the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA), which is a basic skills assessment for undergrad-level teaching candidates. There are also subject-matter tests for those seeking certification to teach Pre-K to grade 4, Special Education: Pre-K to grade 8, and Special Education: Grade 7 to grade 12.
If you are seeking a license to teach in the state of Pennsylvania, you may have to take a PECT if:
- You are an undergraduate teaching candidate. Taking the PAPA is one way to meet the basic skills requirement for certification. You may also satisfy this requirement by meeting minimum scores on your ACT, SAT, CORE or PPST exams (scores from different exam sections may be combined). If you have a post-baccalaureate or advanced degree, this is not a requirement.
- You are looking for certification to teach Pre-K to grade 4 or Special Education. Even if you have a post-baccalaureate degree or you are already certified to teach another subject area, you need to take a PECT subject exam that corresponds to your new area of certification.
All PECT exams are administered by Pearson and computer-based. That means you will take the PECT at a computer testing center. Registration is handled through the PECT website. When you register, you'll be able to pick a date, time and testing center that works best for you (the PECT is administered year-round). Duration and scoring information will vary by test:
Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)
This test contains three separate modules in Reading, Writing and Mathematics, which may be taken on the same day or separately. Each module consists of 36 selected-response questions, while the Writing module also contains two sentence correction assignments and a constructed-response item. You will have 45 minutes to complete the Reading module, and 75 minutes each for the Mathematics and Writing modules. To pass the PAPA, you must score a 220 on the Reading and Writing portions, and a 193 on Mathematics.
Subject Exam: Pre-K to Grade 4
This exam also consists of three separate modules which will test your knowledge of pedagogical concepts and educational content. Module 1 contains 36 selected-response items, while Modules 2 and 3 contain 45 each. You will be given 45 minutes to complete Module 1, 75 minutes for Module 2 and 90 minutes for Module 3. Passing scores are 197 for Module 1, and 193 for Modules 2 and 3.
Subject Exam: Special Education: Pre-K to Grade 8, or Grade 7 to Grade 12
While differing in content, both of the PECT Special Education subject exams are identical in format. They both consist of two Modules, which will assess pedagogical and content knowledge, and contain 41 selected-response items each. You are given one hour to complete each Module, and you must score a 220 on each Module to pass the exam.
Before you sit for your PECT, be sure to check out our helpful study guides:
About Study.com PECT Courses
Whether you simply need to brush up on your basic skills, or you are looking for a thorough review of the pedagogical concepts you will encounter on a PECT subject test, our study guides are here to help you prepare on your own time, in a way that works for you. Our bite-sized video lessons make test preparation fun, flexible, and easy to fit into any schedule. And no matter where you are, you can access our 100% online content any time; all you need is a computer or your mobile phone.
The course dashboard keeps tabs on your progress automatically, while repeatable lesson quizzes and cumulative chapter tests will help you practice and retain course material as you prepare. And since each study guide was specifically designed to align with PECT material, you can be sure that you are reviewing things that you will encounter on the exams.
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