Overview of the AEPA Exams
Arizona Educator Proficiency Examinations (AEPA) are a series of tests for individuals who wish to earn teaching certification in Arizona. Prospective teachers sit for different examinations depending upon what level and subject they wish to teach. All tests are computer-based and are available at Pearson test centers throughout Arizona and the rest of the United States.
Check out the different categories of AEPA exams below and click on the links to be taken directly to study guides for the professional knowledge and content exams. You can also find a comprehensive list of AEPA study guides and practice tests.
Test of Essential Academic Skills
The Essential Academic Skills test is not required for Arizona certification, but some teacher preparation programs may require students to complete this exam. It tests basic knowledge in three subject areas, and test-takers are required to pass all three subtests.
|Subject||Number of Questions||Length of Time to Complete Exam|
|Reading||45 multiple-choice questions||1 hour|
|Writing||36 multiple-choice questions and one written question||1 hour 15 minutes|
|Mathematics||45 multiple-choice question||1 hour|
Assessment of Professional Knowledge
The Assessment of Professional Knowledge exams are designed to measure the competencies of educators within the school environment. Candidates take one of three different exams, depending on the level at which they wish to teach.
|APK Test||Number of Questions||Time Limit||Examples of Content Tested|
|Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Early Childhood||100 multiple choice, 3 written assignments||3 hours 30 minutes||Promoting child development, inclusive learning, family and community relationships|
|Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary||100 multiple choice, 2 written assignments||3 hours||Concepts of human development, uses of formal and informal assessment, developing relationships with other professionals|
|Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary||100 multiple choice, 2 written assignments||3 hours||Developmental challenges, integration of instruction and assessment, home-school communication techniques|
Subject Knowledge Tests
In addition to the tests above, prospective teachers must pass subject knowledge tests in the specific content area they wish to teach. The number of questions required and amount of time allotted varies depending on what subject area is tested, and it's important to know the specifics concerning the test you plan to take. The table below details information for some subject knowledge tests.
|Subject Knowledge Test||Number of Questions||Time Limit||Examples of Content Tested|
|Economics||100 multiple choice||2 hours, 30 minutes||Macroeconomics, microeconomics, consumer economics|
|Biology||150 multiple choice||3 hours||Biochemistry, genetics, ecology|
|Elementary Education Subtest 1||75 multiple choice||90 minutes||English and language arts, social studies|
|Spanish||100 multiple choice, 1 writing, 1 speaking||3 hours||Cultural understanding, interpretive reading|
|Physical Education||150 multiple choice||3 hours||Growth and motor development, lifelong fitness|
|Middle Grades Mathematics||150 multiple choice||5 hours||Algebra, statistics, number sense|
Arizona and US Constitutions
A knowledge of the constitutions of the United States and of Arizona is required of prospective teachers. Some may have taken a college course to meet this requirement. Otherwise, applicants are required to take one further exam on this topic. The Constitutions of the United States and Arizona test has 100 multiple-choice questions, and candidates have 2 hours and 30 minutes in which to complete it.