Middle Level Education - 4-8 certification

Tests Required for Middle Level (Grades 4–8)

Educators applying for an initial Instructional I certificate in the middle level (4–8) area are required to pass a basic skills assessment, in addition to passing the appropriate Praxis II test(s).

Basic Skills Assessment Options

  1. Praxis I - PPST series may be used to fulfill this requirement if the candidate has registered for the PPST with ETS before April 2, 2012. If one or more of the PPST subtests have been passed before April 2, 2012, the entire series needs to be completed and will count for certification no matter when they are passed.

  1. PECT - PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment) test from Pearson Evaluation must be completed by all candidates who have not begun the PPST series. Information of the PAPA test is available at http://www.pa.nesinc.com/PageView.aspx?f=GEN_Tests.html

Pedagogy and Content Assessment Requirements

To Be Certified in

You Need to Take

Test Code

Qualifying Score

Middle Level 4–8

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment* TAAG coming soon

5152

Registration code only - No Score given

Pedagogy Subtest

5153

162

English Language Arts and Social Studies Subtest

5154

152

Mathematics and Science Subtest

5155

164

* To pass the Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment you must receive a passing score on each subtest. You must take the full test on your initial attempt. If, after your first attempt you did not pass one of the individual subtests, you may take just that subtest again for a reduced fee.

Middle Level Citizenship Education 4–8

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies (PDF)

5157

150

Middle Level English 4–8

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: English Language Arts (PDF)

5156

156

Middle Level Mathematics 4–8

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics (PDF)

5158

173

Middle Level Science 4–8

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Science (PDF)

5159

156

The middle level pedagogy and contest assessments are all given on the computer. Computerized Praxis tests may be taken during the listed testing windows by making an appointment at any Prometric Testing Center. All Prometric centers are listed on the ETS web site http://etsis4.ets.org/tcenter/tcenter.jsp The three closest centers in PA are:

  • Prometric Testing Center, 1100 N. Mountain Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112 Phone: 717-652-0143

  • Prometric Testing Center, 1864 Fruitville Pike (K-Mart Shopping Center), Lancaster, PA 17601 Phone: 717-392-2193

  • Prometric Testing Center, 2300 E. Market Street, Village Green Shopping Center, Suite 3, York, PA 17402 Phone: 717-755-7471

Pedagogy and Content Assessments

CORE ASSESSMENT (5152) is taken the first time as one complete assessment. Any subsection (5153, 5154, or 5155) that is not passed may be repeated for a reduced fee without repeating the other subsections.

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment (5152)

4/2/12–4/7/12

6/27/12–6/30/12

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment: English Language Arts and Social Studies (5154)

6/27/12–6/30/12

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment: Mathematics and Science (5155)

6/27/12–6/30/12

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment: Pedagogy (5153)

6/27/12–6/30/12

Take the subject test(s) that match with your area(s) of concentration(s)

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: English Language Arts (5156)

4/2/12–4/7/12

6/27/12–6/30/12

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics (5158)

4/2/12–4/7/12

6/27/12–6/30/12

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Science (5159)

4/2/12–4/7/12

6/27/12–6/30/12

Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies (5157)

4/2/12–4/7/12

6/27/12–6/30/12