Pre-Service Testing Center

Pre-Service Testing Center

Where: Beekey Education Center 129

When:  Tuesday, Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Thursday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


What are the Basic Skills exams?

The Basic Skills test series are required exams for licensure to teach in the State of Pennsylvania.

  • CORE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) - Reading, Writing and Math
  • PAPA  (Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment) - Reading, Writing, and Math
  • SAT/ACT option - Did you know that increasing your Reading, Writing/Language, and Math scores can give you a passing score for basic skills areas? or  

Programs Offered:

EASE - Is a free structured program based on Basic Skills test objectives that include a variety of study resources and tips for Basic Skills test success. 

MyLab* - Is a diagnostic tool used to assess strengths and vulnerabilities in the different content areas and develops an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) just for you!

*limited number of free enrollment available.

Admission to Teacher Candidacy 

(During the semester you will complete 48 credits)

  • Achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA and maintain until you graduate
  • Obtain "C" or better in:
    • 3 hours of English Composition,
    • 3 hours of English Literature
    • 6 hours of Mathematics
  • Pass the Basic Skills Tests (reading, writing, and math)


How to apply on TaskStream

Basic Skills Testing Options (PAPA, CORE, SAT, and ACT: test codes and passing scores)  

Educational Testing Services (ETS) 

Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (Pearson)  

Composite Score Calculator