The Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) offers the Special Education PreK-8 exam to ensure that candidates possess the necessary knowledge and competencies to become certified special education teachers in the state of Pennsylvania.
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The test contains 82 selected-response questions, which are grouped into two modules. When you take the test, you can take both modules at once, or just one module per testing session. Regardless of which method you choose, you must pass both modules to pass the PECT Special Education PreK-8 exam.
The first module contains 41 selected-response questions and has a time limit of 1 hour. The questions are grouped into three subareas:
- Foundations and Professional Practice (33%)
- Understanding Students with Disabilities (33%)
- Assessment and Program Planning and Implementation (33%)
The second module contains 41 selected-response questions and has a time limit of 1 hour. The questions are grouped into two subareas:
- Inclusive Learning Environments (50%)
- delivery of Specially Design Instruction (50%)
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To register for the exam, you must create a NESINC account and submit an application, along with the necessary fee(s). The fee for each module taken individually is $50, while the price for both modules taken together is $87.
Once your application is approved, you will be provided with information on how to schedule an exam appointment with Pearson VUE.
You should arrive at the testing center 15-30 minutes early, which will allow time for the check-in process. Upon arrival, 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.
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 Exam is Scored
Your final 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 final score must be at least 220 on each module.
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How many questions are on the PECT Special Education PreK–8 exam?
There are 82 selected-response questions on the exam.
How long is the PECT Special Education PreK–8 exam?
The time limit for the full exam is 2 hours (1 hours per module).
What is the passing score for the PECT Special Education PreK–8 exam?
To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum scaled score of 220 on each module.
How much does the PECT Special Education PreK–8 exam cost?
The examination fee is $50 per subtest, or $87 for the combined exam.