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New Rules for SAT and PAPA tests!

September 13, 2013

New information about the PAPA and SAT scores from the PDE. 🙂
Contact the KU College of Education office for more information:
(610) 683-4253


Effective September 1, 2013 the Secretary of Education has established an alternative means for candidates seeking educator certification in Pennsylvania  to meet the requirements set forth in 22 PA Code 49.18 Assessment.  This requirement is currently satisfied when a student passes the “basic skills” assessment administered by Pearson, also referred to as the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA).  Students may now meet the above-noted requirement of “basic skills” with either:


  1. 1.       A score of no less than 1550 on the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT).
  • The SAT score of 1550 will include no individual section (Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) score of less than 500.
  • Students may not combine section scores from different test administrations, but they may use their best score earned from one test administration.
  1. 2.       A composite score of 23 on the American College Test Plus Writing (ACT)
  • The composite score of 23 shall be accompanied by a combined English/Writing score of 22 and a Math score of 21.


Students who meet either requirement at the time of college matriculation shall be exempt from taking the PAPA exam.  Those who do not must take and pass the PAPA examination.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Cherene Hospedales permalink
    October 30, 2013 5:24 PM

    Why is it 1550 and not 1500??

  2. Karen Wanamaker permalink*
    October 30, 2013 5:50 PM

    I’m not sure how they picked 1550. You probably would have to check with the Pa. Dept. of Education.

  3. Stef permalink
    December 15, 2013 7:42 AM

    Does it matter how long ago I took the test? I did take the new version of the SAT, in the first year they added the writing section.

  4. Karen permalink*
    December 16, 2013 12:49 AM

    You would need to call the College of Education for details. Tanya Faust would be able to tell you the latest.

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