Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) PreK-4 Exam

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 Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) developed the PECT program, with the help of Pennsylvania educators and the Evaluation System group of Pearson.

The PECT PreK-4 is a computer-based exam, with three modules that are considered separate tests. This exam covers an array of topics related to PreK to 4th-grade education, including child development and literacy development.

Who is eligible to take the PECT PreK-4 Certification Exam?

Undergraduate candidates interested in taking the PECT PreK-4 exam must pass a basic skills assessment, like the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA). Post-baccalaureate candidate, as well as advanced degree holders are not required to take a basic skills assessment.

How to apply for the PECT PreK-4 Certification Exam

To register for the PECT PreK-4, please visit the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests website. After registration, you can schedule your test at a Pearson Professional Center.

How long is the PECT PreK-4 Certification Exam?

The PECT PreK-4 is a computer-based test, divided into 3 separate modules.

  • Module 1 is 45 minutes, with 36 selected-response questions
  • Module 2 is 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes), with 45 selected-response questions
  • Module 3 is 90 minutes (1 hour and 30 minutes), with 45 selected-response questions

Candidates have the option to make individual appointments for each module or take all 3 modules at one appointment. Those who take all 3 at once will have a 15-minute break in between each module.

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What topics are covered on the PECT PreK-4 Certification Exam?

Below you will find information about the 3 modules of the PECT PreK-4 exam.

Module 1

  • Child Development, Learning, and Assessment. This section makes up 60% of module 1. The skills tested in this section include identifying child development theories, cultural and family influences, and standardized tests.
  • Collaboration and Professionalism.This section makes up 40% of module 1. This section’s tested skills include recognizing strategies for establishing positive learning environments and identifying state and federal programs for PreK-4th grade.

Module 2

  • Language and Literacy Development. This section makes up 66% of module 2. The skills evaluated include demonstrating an understanding of phonics skills development and identifying Pennsylvania’s PreK-4 learning standards in language arts.
  • Social Studies, Arts, and Humanities.This section makes up 34% of module 2. Some concepts included in this section are identifying the central themes of social studies learning and recognizing appropriate assessments.

Module 3

  • Mathematics, Science, and Health. This is the only section in module 3. Some concepts tested in this section include recognizing the foundations of mathematical learning and scientific learning.

What is a passing score for the PECT PreK-4 Certification Exam?

The exam scale is 100-300. The following are the passing scores for each module.

  • Module 1: 197
  • Module 2: 193
  • Module 3: 193

What should I expect on test day?

The PECT PreK-4 certification exam is offered at Pearson Professional Centers. Below you will find some standard procedures and tips for test day.

  • Please arrive at your testing location at least 15 minutes before your scheduled test time.
  • It is encouraged to wear comfortable layers, so that you can adjust to the temperature.
  • This is a computer-based test, so there will be a 15-minute tutorial before the test begins.
  • All test-takers must bring an active, government-issued ID, with their name, photograph, and signature. Test administrators will not accept copies.
  • If space is available, you will have a locker outside the testing room to store your personal items.
  • Electronics, cell phones, study materials, bags, and calculators are not allowed in the testing area.
  • There is an on-screen calculator for module 3.
  • You will be provided with your test results at the end of the exam. You will receive your score report within 10 days of testing.

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