Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)
The Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment is undergoing test design changes,
effective March 3, 2014.
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
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
Examinees will also have 15 minutes for a computer-based testing tutorial.
Reading: 45 minutes
Mathematics: 75 minutes
Writing: 75 minutes
Examinees who take all three modules during a single test session will also have
a 15-minute break between each module.
By appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served
CBT sites are located in Pennsylvania, nationwide, and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin
Islands, and Canada.
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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
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.
All three modules: $110
test fee and payment information.
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.
When you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies.
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materials available for this test.
Tests may include test questions that are being evaluated for future administrations
and that do not affect an examinee's score.