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PPAT® Assessment

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Understanding Your PPAT Scores

Your PPAT score report contains valuable information about your performance for Tasks 2, 3 and 4, including:

  • a summary page indicating your score for each task and your cumulative score for the assessment
  • a detail page for each task indicating scores for each step within a task and feedback for each step score

The report excludes Task 1, since that task isn’t scored by ETS; instead, you’ll receive feedback from your educator preparation program (EPP).

See a Sample Test-taker Score Report (PDF).


Passing scores

Each state and licensing organization determines its own passing requirements for the PPAT assessment. If a state agency hasn’t established a passing requirement, individual EPPs may determine this requirement.

If your state or EPP isn’t listed below, contact your EPP.

PPAT passing scores by state

Certification State State Agency Passing Score1


Kansas State Department of Education


Kentucky Kentucky Education Standards Board TBD


Maryland State Department of Education


North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction



Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability


South Carolina

South Carolina State Department of Education


South Dakota

South Dakota Department of Education



Utah State Board of Education


West Virginia West Virginia Department of Education 38 (effective 4/12/2023)

PPAT passing scores by EPP

State Educator Preparation Program Passing Score


Fort Hays State University



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Steps with a score of zero

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

  • The written commentary for an entire step is missing.
  • The text in all textboxes for a step does not address the guiding prompts.
  • The required artifacts for an entire step are missing or illegible. A step that requires multiple artifacts needs to have at least one artifact attached to the step to be scoreable.
  • The artifacts for an entire step fail to provide the required evidence or are unrelated.
  • The artifacts or commentary included links to artifacts on a third-party site; these aren’t acceptable.
  • The required video is missing or doesn’t provide evidence of whole class instruction.
  • The video didn’t meet the Video Requirements found in the Candidate and Educator Handbook.

Reviewing feedback for step scores

Each task of the assessment contains multiple steps. Your score report includes general feedback for each step score within a task to help you improve the quality of your evidence in your step responses, and help you determine if you want to resubmit a task.


After you receive your score, there are two resubmission windows for your registration. If your assessment score falls below the passing score, you’re eligible to resubmit any or all three tasks (Tasks 2, 3 or 4) for a fee. See Resubmitting Your Tasks.


What to do if you didn't pass

If you didn’t pass the assessment during the original submission window or the resubmission windows, you’ll need to retake the assessment in a future submission window. Consult your EPP for guidance on how to move forward.

1 The national recommended passing score established by a panel of educators through a multistate Standard Setting Study is 40.