Overview of Alabama Testing Requirements

Alabama's testing program has been adopted by the Alabama State Board of Education.

Effective September 1, 2012, the title of Alabama's testing program was changed from Alabama Prospective Teacher Testing Program (APTTP) to Alabama Educator Certification Testing Program (AECTP). The AECTP consists of the basic skills assessments and Praxis II® tests (content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge).

All applicants seeking certification in Alabama, as well as those reinstating an Alabama certificate that has lapsed for more than six months, must successfully complete the AECTP test requirements.

Choose from one of the certification approaches to the left for specific testing requirements.

Visit the Alabama Department of Education's (ALSDE) website for specific information about the Alabama certification approaches. All applicants should review the summary sheet entitled General Information to begin the Alabama certification process.

Important Information

  • Alabama requires your complete and accurate Social Security number (SSN) to process educator certification paperwork. ETS does not require your SSN for its own purposes, but will submit it to Alabama with your test results. Submitting your registration without your complete and accurate SSN will delay processing of your Alabama certification application.
  • If you test in Alabama, your score report will be sent automatically to the Alabama State Department of Education. If you test outside of Alabama, select the Alabama State Department of Education (state code 7020) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.
  • Alabama requires official electronic score reports directly from ETS. Alabama does not accept paper score reports. All scores for current and discontinued tests are only reportable by ETS for 10 years from the date the test was taken.
  • Beginning with the 2013–14 testing year, ETS is administering a new version of the Health Education test. This new test will be offered in a computer-delivered format and the new test code will be 5551. The new test covers the same content as the previous test. However, scores are reported on a different scale, so requirements will vary from previous versions. All scores for discontinued tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken.
  • ETS is offering several tests in a computer-delivered format that will be introduced throughout the testing year. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you. The computer-delivered versions cover the same content as the paper-delivered versions and are scored on the same scale, however, the computer-delivered tests have different test codes.

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