Test Preparation Center
The COE Test Preparation Center helps students prepare for NES® and AEPA®
Northern Arizona University’s TPC (Test Preparation Center) is a College of Education resource for those who plan on taking the NES® or the AEPA® as they work towards obtaining Arizona teacher certification. The Center is available to:
- current NAU students
- NAU alumni
- members of the community who wish to become a teacher
Definitions of COE tests available at the ASCs
What is the NES®?Accordion Closed
The NES® (National Evaluation Series™) tests have replaced many of the former AEPA® (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments™) Professional Knowledge and Subject Knowledge tests required for Arizona teacher certification. These tests are ALL computer-based. The Assessment for Professional Knowledge (APK) tests for College of Education students are aligned with the InTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) national teaching standards. As of September 2012, the NES® APK tests for Elementary and Secondary are the official tests to fulfill the professional knowledge testing requirement for Arizona teacher certification. Northern Arizona University’s COE students can find registration information, test design, fees, and test site locations for these tests on the NES website. Many subject knowledge tests required for teacher certification have also been replaced with NES® tests. For more information on which tests are required for your certification needs, NAU COE students are encouraged to contact the TPC or visit the Arizona Department of Education website.
What is the AEPA®?Accordion Closed
The AEPA® (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments™) are still required for teacher certification in Arizona for many areas (including Early Childhood). All of these tests were moved to computer-based testing during 2013. NAU students in the College of Education can find registration information, test design, fees, and test site locations for these tests on the AEPA website.
Find out more about our web course.
Who can use the TPC’s services?
The NAU College of Education Test Preparation Center is a resource for Northern Arizona University students and alumni teacher candidates.
The services of the TPC are also available to community members for a nominal fee of $40.00. NAU alumni who were not teacher candidates may qualify to receive a free guest account.
Our on-campus location at NAU in Flagstaff is staffed with knowledgeable testing advisors, who can answer questions about all aspects of the NES® or the AEPA® testing process. In our web courses we provide an overview of the testing format, tips for success, and the opportunity to take a practice test. The TPC web courses provide Northern Arizona University teacher candidates with:
- additional information about the NES® or the AEPA® test
- detailed study resources and test objectives
- practice tests for some of the exams
- register for your NES® or the AEPA® exam through the Pearson Education, Inc. affiliate website
- TPC does offer registration assistance and test preparation
If you have questions about the course or the exam please visit NAU’s Test Prep Center FAQ page.