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National Evaluation Series

NES Assessments of Professional Knowledge for Arizona

Arizona accepts the

to fulfill the professional knowledge testing requirement for Arizona teacher certification. These tests replace the AEPA® Elementary and Secondary Professional Knowledge tests.

The AEPA Professional Knowledge—Early Childhood test is still required for candidates seeking Early Childhood or Special Education: Early Childhood certification. For information about these and other AEPA tests, visit www.aepa.nesinc.com Link opens in a new window.

Who needs to take a NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge test?

Effective September 1, 2012, teacher candidates seeking an Arizona certification type listed in the table below are required to take and pass the NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge indicated:

Type of Certification NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge Test Required
Elementary Certification (Grades 1–8) NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
Secondary Certification (Grades 7–12) NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
Arts Education Certification (PreK–12) NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
or
NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
Special Education Certification* NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
Career and Technical Education Certification NES Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary

*Applicants for Special Education Early Childhood certificates must take and pass the AEPA Professional Knowledge—Early Childhood test.

Arizona candidates for these certificates are still required to take and pass the appropriate Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments® (AEPA®). For more information about the AEPA, visit www.aepa.nesinc.com Link opens in a new window.

How are these tests different from the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments?

The NES are computer-based tests available Monday through Saturday at test centers across the country.

Learn more about these tests, including registration and the related test fees, duration of the test session, test policies and rules, and test center locations:

How do I register? Where can I test?

Register online at any time. Before registering, you may:

Note that your NES test registration account information (on the NES website) will be separate from your AEPA test registration account (on the AEPA website).

When will I get my scores?

Score reports will be available within four weeks of testing. Select "Get Results" to view your test results. You may also choose during registration to have your score report emailed to you.

What is the passing score?

The passing score is 220.

Are preparation materials available for this test?

Yes. An interactive online study guide, full-length practice test, test framework, and testing tips are available: