What tests do I need to take? Educator certification requirements vary from state to state. NES tests are taken by individuals pursuing certification as entry-level teachers. Please contact the state agency responsible for educator certification in your state for more information.

Information about each 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.

Test CodeEssential Academic Skills
001Subtest I: Reading
005Subtest I: Reading (First Test Admin 10/31/22)
002Subtest II: Writing
006Subtest II: Writing (First Test Admin 10/31/22)
003Subtest III: Mathematics
007Subtest III: Mathematics (First Test Admin 10/31/22)
004Subtest IV: Technology Literacy
Test CodeProfessional Knowledge
051Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Elementary
052Assessment of Professional Knowledge: Secondary
Test CodeElementary Assessments
101Early Childhood Education
106Early Childhood Education (Birth–Prekindergarten)
107Early Childhood Education (Age 3–Age 8)
108Early Childhood Education Subtest I (First Test Admin 10/31/22)
109Early Childhood Education Subtest II (First Test Admin 10/31/22)
102Elementary Education Subtest I
103Elementary Education Subtest II
104Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction
Test CodeMiddle Grades Assessments
201Middle Grades English Language Arts
204Middle Grades General Science
205Middle Grades General Science (First Test Admin 10/31/22)
203Middle Grades Mathematics
202Middle Grades Social Science
Test CodeSecondary Assessments
309Business Education
307Earth and Space Science
301English Language Arts
310Family and Consumer Sciences
311General Science
105Mathematics (Middle Grades and Early Secondary)
303Social Science
Test CodeK–12 Assessments
404Chinese (Mandarin)
315Computer Science
507English to Speakers of Other Languages
312Gifted Education
509Health (First Test Admin 10/31/22)
506Physical Education
501School Counselor
502School Library Media Specialist
508School Library Media Specialist (First Test Admin 10/31/22)
601Special Education

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