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National Evaluation Series

NES Subject Knowledge Tests for Arizona

Except where otherwise noted, the following NES tests replaced the corresponding AEPA subject knowledge tests as the official tests to fulfill the subject knowledge testing requirement for Arizona teacher certification. The last administration of the AEPA tests listed below was on January 12, 2013, unless specified otherwise. Test fields not listed in the table below will remain AEPA tests and will not be replaced by a NES test.

Get specific information about a test, including when and where you can take the test, and access preparation materials by selecting the test from the following table.

The NES tests indicated below... ...replace the corresponding AEPA tests. Important Information
ArtArt (13)
BiologyBiology (07)
Business EducationBusiness (20)
ChemistryChemistry (08)
Chinese (Mandarin)N/AThe NES Chinese test will be available in September 2013.
Elementary Education (Subtest I)
Elementary Education (Subtest II)
Elementary Education (01)For the AEPA Elementary Education test, the last paper-based administration will be on January 12, 2013, and the last computer-based testing window will be February 14–20, 2013.
English Language ArtsEnglish (02)
Essential Academic Skills:
Subtest I: Reading
Subtest II: Writing
Subtest III: Mathematics
Basic Skills:
Reading Comprehension (96)
Writing (97)
Mathematics (98)
A passing score on the NES Essential Academic Skills test is not accepted for an Arizona teaching certificate and cannot be applied toward the federal highly qualified teacher requirement. Arizona educator preparation programs may require students to take and pass this test.
FrenchFrench (16)
General ScienceN/A Effective March 1, 2013, the NES General Science test must be taken in order to add General Science as an approved area to an Arizona teaching certificate.
GermanGerman (17)
HealthHealth (18)
HistoryHistory (05)
MathematicsMathematics (10)
Middle Grades English Language ArtsMiddle Grades Language Arts/Reading (38)
Middle Grades General ScienceMiddle Grades General Science (39)
Middle Grades MathematicsMiddle Grades Mathematics (37)
Middle Grades Social ScienceMiddle Grades Social Studies (40)
MusicMusic (14)
Physical EducationN/A
PhysicsPhysics (09)
School Library Media SpecialistLibrary/Educational Media (12)
SpanishSpanish (15)
Special Education*Special Education: Cross-Category (22)

* Note that the NES Special Education test replaces only the AEPA Special Education: Cross-Category test. For certification in other special education areas (e.g., Special Education: Mental Retardation), the corresponding AEPA test must still be taken and passed.

Who needs to take a NES subject knowledge test?

For information about specific testing requirements for certification in Arizona, visit 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, by selecting your test in the chart above.

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. Preparation materials are available for all NES tests, including an interactive online study guide, full-length practice test, test framework, and testing tips.