Preparing for NES® and AEPA® Certification Exams
What is the Test Preparation Center?
The TPC (Test Preparation Center) is a College of Education resource for those who plan on taking the NES® or the AEPA®. The Center is available to the following:
- Current Students
- NAU Alumni
- Members of the community who wish to become a teacher.
What is the NES®?
The NES® (National Evaluation Series™) tests are required for some aspects of 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 www.aepa.nesinc.com
For more information on which tests are required for your certification needs, please contact the TPC or visit the Arizona Department of Education website at http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/
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 http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/.
Who Can Use TPC's Services?
The NAU College of Education Test Preparation Center is a resource center for Northern Arizona University students/alumni teacher candidates.
The services of TPC are also available to Community Members 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 courses provides teacher candidates with…
- additional information about the NES® or the AEPA® test,
- study resources and test objectives
- practice tests for some of the exams