Created in 2010, the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) is a program that offers assessments to ensure that candidates possess the necessary knowledge and competencies to become certified Pennsylvania educators. The PECT Prek-4 exam covers an array of topics related to PreK to 4th-grade education, including child development and literacy development.
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PECT PreK-4 Test Outline
The test contains 126 selected-response questions, which are grouped into three modules. When you take the test, you can take all three modules at once, or just one module per testing session. Regardless of which method you choose, you must pass all three modules to pass the PECT PreK-4 exam.
Module 1 (36 questions)
The first module, which is timed at 45 minutes, is split into the two following subareas:
I. Child Development, Learning, and Assessment (60%)
- Child development and learning foundations and principles
- Various types of evaluation and assessment
- Continuous development and achievement of defined goals and standards
- Meeting the needs of students and ELLs with disabilities in an inclusive setting
II. Collaboration and Professionalism (40%)
- Family and community relationships
- Collaboration with colleagues, families, and other professionals
- Ethical, legal, and professional roles and responsibilities
Module 2 (45 questions)
The second module, which is timed at 75 minutes, is split into the two following subareas:
I. Language and Literacy Development (66%)
- Foundations of literacy instruction that is research- and standards-based
- Emergent literacy and beginning reading assessments and interventions
- Reading fluency, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension assessments and interventions
- Academic language assessments and interventions
- Listening, speaking, and writing skills
II. Social Studies, Arts, and Humanities (34%)
- Developmental foundations of social studies learning
- Concepts and processes pertaining to social studies
- Social studies assessments and interventions
- Developmental foundations of arts and humanities learning
- Concepts and processes pertaining to the arts and humanities
- Arts and humanities assessments and interventions
Module 3 (45 questions)
The third module, which is timed at 90 minutes, contains only one subarea:
I. Mathematics, Science, and Health
- Foundations of mathematical learning and problem-solving
- Foundations of scientific learning
- Concepts and processes pertaining to the sciences
- Science assessments and interventions
- Foundations of learning in motor development and health
- Concepts and processes pertaining to motor development and health
- Motor development and health assessments and interventions
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PECT PreK-4 Registration
To register for the exam, you must create a NESINC account and submit an application, along with the necessary fee(s). The fee you pay depends on whether you take one module at a time or all three modules together:
|Full test (all modules)||$131|
Once your application is approved, you will be provided with information on how to schedule an exam appointment with Pearson VUE.
Online PECT PreK-4 Prep Course
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- Review Lessons Covering Every Topic
- 350+ PECT PreK-4 Practice Questions
- More than 350 Digital Flashcards
- Over 40 Instructional Videos
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On the day of the exam, you should arrive at the testing center 15-30 minutes early, which will allow time for the check-in process. Once you arrive, you will be asked to show a form of valid photo ID, sign a digital signature pad, and scan your palm veins for authentication purposes.
Once the check-in process is complete, you will be asked to place all personal items in a locker outside the testing room, including your cell phone, wallet, keys, and bags.
Once the exam begins, you will be permitted to take a break at any time, but the timer will not be stopped while you are away.
For the remote testing method, you must use a laptop or desktop computer (touchscreens and tablets are not allowed). You will also need a speaker, microphone, and camera (internal or external).
Your testing area must be clear of all personal items, and you will not be allowed to wear headphones. You must also ensure that no people will enter the room during your exam.
During the check-in process, the remote proctor will ask you to move the camera around so that your testing area can be observed. At the end of your exam, the proctor will watch as you erase any notes you made.
Once the proctor has approved your testing area, they will walk you through the testing process and begin your exam.
How the PECT PreK-4 Exam is Scored
Your PECT score is calculated using a scaled scoring system. This means that your raw score (the number of correct answers) is converted to a number on a scale from 100 to 300. To pass the exam, you must achieve the minimum scaled score on each module:
|Module||Minimum Passing Score|
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How many questions are on the PECT PreK-4 exam?
There are 126 selected-response questions on the exam.
How long is the PECT PreK-4 exam?
The total time limit for the full exam is 3.5 hours.
What is the passing score for the PECT PreK-4 exam?
To pass the exam, you must achieve the minimum scaled score for each module.
How much does the PECT PreK-4 exam cost?
The examination fee for the full test is $131.