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|
|Business Education||Business (20)|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||N/A||The 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 Arts||English (02)|
|Essential Academic Skills:
Subtest I: Reading
Subtest II: Writing
Subtest III: Mathematics
Reading Comprehension (96)
|Passing the AEPA Basic Skills test/NES Essential Academic Skills test is not a requirement for an Arizona teaching certificate. Arizona educator preparation programs may require students to take and pass this test.|
|French||French (16)||The last administration of the AEPA French test will be on May 18, 2013. The NES French test will be required beginning September 1, 2013.|
|General Science||N/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.|
|German||German (17)||The last administration of the AEPA German test will be on May 18, 2013. The NES German test will be required beginning September 1, 2013.|
|Middle Grades English Language Arts||Middle Grades Language Arts/Reading (38)|
|Middle Grades General Science||Middle Grades General Science (39)|
|Middle Grades Mathematics||Middle Grades Mathematics (37)|
|Middle Grades Social Science||Middle Grades Social Studies (40)|
|School Library Media Specialist||Library/Educational Media (12)|
|Spanish||Spanish (15)||The last administration of the AEPA Spanish test will be on July 6, 2013. The NES Spanish test will be required beginning September 1, 2013.|
|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.
For information about specific testing requirements for certification in Arizona, visit www.aepa.nesinc.com/AZ15_requirements.asp .
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.
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).
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.
The passing score is 220.
Yes. Preparation materials are available for all NES tests, including an interactive online study guide, full-length practice test, test framework, and testing tips.