Preparing for NES® and AEPA® Certification Exams

What is the Test Preparation Center?

The TPC (Test Preparation Center) is an online course offered by NAU's College of Education as a resource for those who plan on taking the NES® or the AEPA®.

What is the NES®?

The NES® (National Evaluation Series™)  tests have replaced many of the former AEPA® (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments™) Professional Knowledge and Subject Knowledge tests required for Arizona teacher certification. These tests are ALL computer-based. The Assessment for Professional Knowledge (APK) tests are aligned with the InTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) national teaching standards. As of September 2012, the NES® APK tests for Elementary and Secondary are the official tests to fulfill the professional knowledge testing requirement for Arizona teacher certification. Registration information, test design, fees, and test site locations for these tests can be found at nestest.com/arizona. Many subject knowledge tests required for teacher certification have also been replaced with NES® tests. For more information on which tests are required for your certification needs, please contact APPEL or visit the Arizona Department of Education website at www.azed.gov/highly-qualified-professionals/aepa-to-nes-transition/

What is the AEPA®?

The AEPA® (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments™) are still required for teacher certification in Arizona for many areas (including Early Childhood). All of these tests were moved to computer-based testing during 2013. Registration information, test design, fees, and test site locations for these tests can be found at aepa.nesinc.com.

For more information on which tests are required for your certification needs, please contact TPC at TestPrepCenter@nau.edu or visit the Arizona Department of Education website at  www.azed.gov/highly-qualified-professionals/aepa-to-nes-transition/

Who Can Use TPC's Services?

The NAU College of Education APPEL is a resource center for Northern Arizona University students/alumni teacher candidates

The services of TPC are also available to non-NAU students for a nominal fee of $40.00.  NAU alumni may qualify to receive a free guest account. 

Our on-campus location is staffed with knowledgeable testing advisors, who can answer questions about all aspects of the NES® or the AEPA® testing process. In our web courses we provide an overview of the testing format, tips for success, and the opportunity to take a practice test. The TPC web cources provides teacher candidates with…

  • additional information about the NES® or the AEPA® test,
  • detailed study resources and test objectives
  • practice tests for some of the exams

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