|You are ready to begin the registration process for the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program: Basic Skills Assessments.
Be sure to download the Registration Bulletin and the Study Guide which include pertinent information about the Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP): Basic Skills Assessments.
Individuals who apply to the Alabama Department of Education, Office of Teaching and Leading, for educator certification under any of the approaches described below must meet the requirements for the basic skills assessments of the AECTP:
- Applying for a Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field through completion of an Alabama Class B (bachelor's degree level) State-approved program or completion of an Alabama Alternative Class A (master's degree level) State-approved program;
- Applying for a Provisional Certificate in a Teaching Field or a Provisional Certificate in a Career Technical Teaching Field;
- Applying for an Interim Employment Certificate in a teaching field through the Alternative Class A State-approved program option or an Interim Employment Certificate in school counseling through the CACREP-accredited school counseling program option;
- Applying for a Degree Equivalent Career and Technical Certificate;
- Applying for a Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field through the Career and Technical Education Certificate to a Professional Educator Certificate Approach;
- Applying for a Professional Educator Certificate in a teaching field through the Foreign Credentials Approach; or
- Applying for a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Certificate
Please note that individuals who currently hold a valid Alabama Professional Educator Certificate or a valid Professional Leadership Certificate are not required to pass the basic skills assessment of the AECTP.
The basic skills assessments of the AECTP consist of the Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Writing assessments from the ACT WorkKeys System. The assessments measure an examinee's foundational skills that are necessary for effectively performing the critical tasks required of Alabama educators. Download a copy of the Study Guide for additional information about the assessments.
The Applied Mathematics assessment measures basic skills in using mathematical reasoning to solve
work-related problems. While no problem requires the use of a calculator, examinees may use approved
calculators on the Applied Mathematics assessment. The specifications for approved calculators are provided
in the Study Guide. The Reading for Information assessment measures basic skills in reading and using work-related
information such as instructions, policies, memos, bulletins, notices, letters, manuals, and governmental regulations.
The Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information assessments are timed, multiple-choice exams. The Writing assessment requires examinees to write
an original response to a work-related situation. Additional information about the assessments is included in the Study Guide.
The minimum passing scores set by the State
Board of Education are Level 4 for the Applied Mathematics assessment, Level 5 for the Reading for Information assessment, and Level 3 for the Writing assessment.
Test candidates should also review the Alabama Department of Education website (www.alsde.edu) and/or contact the teacher testing
staff at (334) 242-9983 or firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information concerning the assessments that are required.
The ALSDE does not limit the number of times an assessment may be taken. However, individual institutions may limit the number of times an assessment may be taken. Individuals should check with the institution enrolled for the number of attempts the institution will accept. Individuals who wish to retake a test must reapply in accordance with the procedures printed in the Registration Bulletin.
Applicants for teacher certification should contact the Alabama Department of Education or visit their website (www.alsde.edu)
for information about requirements pertaining to subject-matter testing.