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National Evaluation Series

The NES® Assessments for California

The NES (National Evaluation Series) Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary and Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary are now used by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to fulfill the testing requirements for the Early Completion Internship Option.

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

Prospective Early Completion Internship Option (ECO) candidates must take and pass the Assessment of Professional Knowledge (APK) as one part of the ECO entry assessment requirement. Multiple Subject ECO interns must take the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary and the RICA Link opens in a new window. Single Subject ECO interns must take the Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary.

Information about eligibility and completion requirements for the ECO is available on the CTC website at www.ctc.ca.gov/notices/coded/2013/1313.pdf Links to a PDF.

How can I learn more about the NES Assessments of Professional Knowledge?

For specific information about an APK test, including test fee, test session length, and policies and rules, select the test below:

How do I register? When and where can I test?

Register online at any time. The Assessments of Professional Knowledge are computer-based tests available Monday through Saturday at test centers across the country.

Before registering, you may:

Note that your NES test registration account information (on the NES website) will be separate from a registration account created on the California Educator Credentialing Examinations website (at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com Link opens in a new window).

When will I get my test results?

Test results 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 test results emailed to you.

What is the passing score?

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing adopted the national benchmark passing score of 220 for both NES assessments.

Note that the examination scores on the NES assessments have a five-year period of validity and must be used towards a credential within that timeframe.

Are preparation materials available for this test?

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