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Interpreting PPAT® Scores

Test-taker Score Reports

A PPAT® score report contains the test taker's:

  • name
  • scores for each of the three tasks, including individual step scores
  • overall cumulative score for the assessment
  • score report feedback
  • background information
  • educational information

Test takers receive two score reports via their online account:

  1. A score report for Task 2 and Task 3 is issued approximately three weeks after the Task 2/Task 3 deadline date.
  2. A score report for Task 2, Task 3 and Task 4 including the overall cumulative score for the assessment is issued approximately three weeks after the Task 4 deadline date. If test takers resubmit any tasks, this report will be reissued approximately three weeks after the resubmission deadline date.

Test takers receive feedback from EPP faculty and cooperating teachers on Task 1 responses. Score reports will not be issued for Task 1.

Calculating Task Scores

Step scores are summed to determine the task score for each of the three tasks. The score for Task 4 is multiplied by two to reflect the double weighting of the task. Tasks that are not submitted receive a score of zero.

The Overall Assessment Score

The three task scores are summed to determine the overall assessment score. As noted above, the score for Task 4 is doubled.


The passing score for the assessment is set at the overall assessment level. Passing status is not determined at the individual task level. Each state's licensing organization determines its own passing requirements for the PPAT assessment. For state passing requirements, view the PPAT State Passing Requirements. Preparation programs may establish a passing requirement in the absence of a state passing requirement.

Score reports do not contain a pass/fail indicator.

Feedback for Step Scores

Each task of the assessment contains multiple steps, including:

  • Task 2 contains three steps
  • Task 3 contains four steps
  • Task 4 contains four steps

Test takers will receive feedback that addresses the possible qualitative and quantitative level of the evidence provided in the test taker's step responses and is directly connected to the guiding task rubrics. This information is intended to help the test taker when deciding whether or not to resubmit a task.

Feedback does not appear on score reports accessed by the educator preparation program in the ETS® Data Manager. View the feedback for all steps and score levels:

Steps with a Score of Zero

Test takers must respond to all guiding prompts by:

  • providing evidence that directly correlates to what is being asked in each textbox
  • providing all required artifacts
  • supplying the evidence that addresses the guiding prompts of the textbox to which the artifact is linked

A score of zero will be applied to a step for any of the following:

  • The written commentary for a step is missing or it does not address the activity and guiding prompts of that step (and is deemed off-topic).
  • The required artifacts are missing. A step that requires multiple artifacts must have at least one artifact attached to the step to be scoreable.
  • The artifact present in the step fails to provide evidence of what is required.
  • The required artifact is a video, and the video is missing.

Encourage test takers to read through the submitted response and compare what was submitted to the requirements of the guiding prompts.

Resubmission Scores

Test takers who are unable to pass the assessment during the original submission window have an opportunity to resubmit Tasks 2, 3 and 4 for a fee during a short resubmission window immediately following their original submission window. The task with the highest total task score, whether from the original submission or from the resubmission, is reported on the final score report.

Test Takers Who Do Not Pass

Test takers who are unable to pass the assessment during the resubmission window must retake the assessment in a future submission window.

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