About the NES®
The NES is a dynamic testing program designed to address today's needs for knowledgeable teachers.
NES tests are aligned to professionally accepted national subject and pedagogy standards. More than 400 expert, respected teachers, administrators, and teacher educators from across the country have participated in an extensive review of the content and appropriateness of the test competencies and questions.
The tests cover subjects ranging from essential academic skills in reading, writing, mathematics, and technology literacy to emerging needs in elementary reading instruction and teaching English to speakers of other languages.
100% Computer-Based Testing
A computer-based test design means access to tests in all fields by appointment, year round—no waiting for an assigned date before registering to test in a specific field—and immediate score reporting for most results.
A nationwide network of conveniently located secure, professional testing centers allows both in-state and out-of-state applicants to complete the testing required for certification.
World-Class Customer Service
The NES is supported by an established, responsive customer service team with a demonstrated ability to listen to, understand, and respond to state credentialing agencies, educator preparation programs, and teacher candidates.
A team of dedicated assessment specialists is available to quickly respond to each state's needs. And friendly and knowledgeable customer service staff work expertly with teacher certification candidates.
The NES is optimized for a mobile educator workforce. This gives both states and candidates a national reach through computer-based testing at test centers throughout the United States, easy access to registration and comprehensive preparation materials on the Internet, and national customer support.
Detailed feedback on candidate performance—and data reports that include national and state benchmark information—aid in simplifying comparability of candidates from state to state and portability in test scores.