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.
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
Examinees will also have 15 minutes for a computer-based testing tutorial.
- Reading: 45 minutes
- Mathematics: 60 minutes
- Writing: 75 minutes
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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.
|Reference Materials Provided for this Test
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||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.
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