Please be advised the BoC cannot waive a test requirement nor can we issue a credential that requires a passing score on a test without documentation of such a score.
One of the consequences of the current Covid-19 situation in the U.S. is the temporary closure of both ETS Praxis and Pearson Foundations of Reading test centers. The Bureau of Credentialing (BoC) is aware of, and sympathetic to, the difficulty this creates for those in-state graduates and out of state applicants who have not yet taken and/or passed tests required for licensure.
Praxis at Home Testing/ Remote Praxis Testing
ETS will be releasing information around May 11, 2020 explaining their new testing option to enable testing candidates to take tests remotely instead of in a testing center. Below are answers to the most common questions. More information will be available from the ETS website around May 11, 2020.
When will testing be available? Where? Proctoring?
Test registration will open on May 15, 2020. Test delivery will start on May 18, 2020. Testing will only be open to candidates based in the US or its territories. Tests will be proctored remotely by live proctors as well as AI. ETS has used this system for 10+ years for other testing products it offers.
Which tests are available?
ETS is making their 30 most popular tests available to start including Praxis Core exams, Elementary Education exams, Many SPED exams, ESOL and several others. The full list will be posted on the ETS website. ETS anticipates adding another 10+ exams to the list in early June.
How do I register?
Exam candidates will register on the ETS website. The process is virtually identical and will include information on minimum equipment requirements and space/ environmental requirements.
What are the minimum computer specifications to test remotely? Other requirements?
Upon registration, ETS will work with the candidate to verify that their equipment and environment meet the criteria. The tests are only available at this time on Windows based computers and laptops. Other platforms and devices are not eligible including Macs (unless running Windows), tablets and phones. Additionally, the candidate will be required to show the proctor their testing space with a webcam prior to starting the test. Most other requirements are similar to what a candidate would encounter at a testing center. ETS will post a full list on its website.
Can I take the exam anywhere?
No. The exam must be taken in a private space. This can be a room at home or an office. If another person enters during the session, the exam will end immediately. The candidate will not be allowed to take notes on paper but can use an erasable white board.
What accommodations will be made for testing candidates with disabilities?
Accommodations are available. Candidates should contact ETS Disability Services directly for assistance.
What about Pearson Foundations of Reading and other non-ETS exams?
You may check the testing company’s website directly for updated information.
Is there a change to the In Process of Licensure Authorization (IPLA) process in place now?
There is no change at this time. Please contact the Bureau of Credentialing with further questions.
In order to facilitate the employment of in-state graduate and out of state applicants who have not yet passed a required tests, the potential employer has an option known as In Process of Licensure Authorization (IPLA).
In-state graduates: We are aware that some NH IHEs consider passing the content knowledge test(s) to be a condition for program completion and submission of institutional recommendation while other IHEs do not. Please be advised the NH PEPP program approval process does not mandate the former. Institutional recommendation is necessary in order for the candidate to be able to submit an application for licensure. An IHE’s choice to withhold a licensure recommendation until the candidate passes the required content knowledge test means that some of their program completers will not be eligible for the issuance of an IPLA unless the institution changes its practice and therefore may not be employable.
Those who may not yet meet licensure requirements (in-state graduates without a recommendation due to testing, Statement of Eligibility applicants and portfolio/oral board candidates who are unable to complete testing) may be employable under an Emergency Authorization (EA) if the candidate holds at least a conferred Bachelor’s degree.