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Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)

The Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment is undergoing test design changes, effective March 3, 2014. Read more.

The PAPA includes three modules: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. You may take one or all three modules at one test appointment. The PAPA series may be passed by achieving a score of 220 or higher on all three modules, or by the Composite Score Option.

Format Selected-response items and constructed-response assignments
  • Reading: 36 selected-response items
  • Mathematics: 36 selected-response items
  • Writing: 36 selected-response items, 2 sentence correction assignments, and 1 extended-response assignment
Time
  • Reading: 45 minutes
  • Mathematics: 75 minutes
  • Writing: 75 minutes
Examinees will also have 15 minutes for a computer-based testing tutorial.

Examinees who take all three modules during a single test session will also have a 15-minute break between each module.

Test Dates By appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Check real-time seat availability Link opens in a new window..
Test Sites CBT sites are located in Pennsylvania, nationwide, and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. Locate a test center Link opens in a new window..
Qualifying Score Performance criterion (cutscore): 220 per module
For information about qualifying scores, visit http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/testing_requirements/8638. Link opens in a new window.
Reference Materials Provided for this Test A formulas page will be available during the Mathematics module. Review it now.
A standard on-screen calculator will be available during the Mathematics module. Read more.
Test Fee
  • Reading: $37
  • Mathematics: $44
  • Writing: $37
  • All three modules: $110
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Score Reporting Test results for the Reading and Mathematics modules are provided at the test center at the conclusion of your test session. Score reports for the Reading and Mathematics modules are available within 10 days after testing. Score reports for the Writing module are available within 20 business days after testing.
Testing Policies When you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies. Read them now.
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Tests may include test questions that are being evaluated for future administrations and that do not affect an examinee's score.