Test Preparation Center FAQ
Have questions? NAU’s College of Education Test Preparation Center has answers
Northern Arizona University’s College of Education teacher candidates are required to take certain assessments in order to teach in Arizona. Depending on a candidate’s major, there may be additional testing required. For further clarification, it is recommended that students contact their advisors.
Answers to commonly asked questions
Which test(s) should I register for? Accordion Closed
All NAU College of Education teacher candidates need to register to take the Assessment of Professional Knowledge Test (either elementary or secondary). In addition to the Professional Knowledge, Elementary Education majors will need to take the Elementary Education Content Subtest 1 (102) and Subtest 2 (103). If the COE teacher candidate would like to teach middle school, the candidate will need to take a Middle Grade Content test in the area of their major, (math, English, social studies, science) in addition to the Elementary Education Content Subtest. Northern Arizona University’s Secondary Education majors will need to take the secondary Assessment of Professional Knowledge Test and the Secondary content area of their major (math, biology, music, art, history, etc). NAU’s College of Education Special Education teacher candidates who graduate from Northern Arizona University’s dual major program will also need to take the Special Education Subject test. Early Childhood Education majors should take the AEPA Early Childhood Education content knowledge test and the AEPA Professional Knowledge: Early Childhood test. If you have any questions about which test to take, refer to the Arizona Department of Education Certification Requirements webpage.
When should I take the NES® or AEPA®? Accordion Closed
Northern Arizona University Elementary Education majors (including dual) must take and pass the NES® Elementary Education Subtest I & II before student teaching. If you intend on student teaching in a middle grades classroom, you must take and pass the appropriate middle grades content knowledge test prior to student teaching. Please check with your NAU advisor concerning the deadlines for student teaching applications
Your NES®; or AEPA®; test scores are a key aspect of being granted an Arizona teaching certificate. We recommend that College of Education students take the appropriate professional knowledge test when finished with methods courses in their program.
How much does the NES® or AEPA® cost? Accordion Closed
The Professional Knowledge exam costs $95. Elementary Subtests cost $95 together or $50 individually. Most other content-based exams cost $95. You can register and pay online on the AEPA® website.
Where is the NES® or AEPA® administered? Accordion Closed
There are testing sites at various locations around Arizona for NAU’s College of Education teacher candidates. When registering for the NES® or AEPA® you will be asked to choose a test site and time, and you can receive directions to your exact testing location. Please refer to the AEPA® website for testing locations outside of Arizona.
When and how will I get my scores? Accordion Closed
College of Education teacher candidates will be able to view unofficial scores immediately after completion, for most content tests. Approximately 10 days after taking the test, your score report will be available to access on the AEPA® website. For tests including constructed response items, scores can take up to 4 weeks to report. This includes some content knowledge tests, and all professional knowledge tests. Once posted, scores are available to download for 45 days. After this, you will be charged if you need access to your score report.
What resources are available to assist in preparing to take the NES® or AEPA®? Accordion Closed
The AEPA® website provides study guides for a fee. The study guides can be ordered at the time of registration for the test. You can find the free test framework for each test on the AEPA website, under each specific test. Northern Arizona University’s College of Education has a Test Preparation Center that offers practice tests and personalized assistance in studying for the AEPA™ and NES®. The Test Preparation Center is located on campus at NAU in Flagstaff, in the Eastburn Education bld.# 27, room 181. The Test Preparation Center suggests signing up for our BBlearn course, where our practice tests can be found.