Testing Services

Test Administrations Available at Lock Haven University

Main Campus, Lock Haven, PA


Educational Testing Services (ETS)


Other Examination Services

GRE® Series

 The GRE® Tests

The GRE® General Test gives you more opportunities for success. 

Whether you are considering graduate school or business school, or still deciding what to do, you only need to take the one test accepted by thousands of graduate and business schools worldwide (PDF), the GRE® General Test. It is the only graduate-level admissions test that lets you skip questions and go back, change your answers and tackle the questions you want to answer first.

Plus, the GRE General Test provides the ScoreSelect® option, which means you can take a GRE test now or again in the future, and only send schools your best set of scores. Best of all, you have five years to decide how to use any of your scores.

Prepare with official test prep — including The Official Guide to the GRE® General Test, Third Edition and ScoreItNow! Online Writing Practice— all designed to help you do your best!

Don't wait. Register today, before seats are filled.

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Praxis® Series

The Praxis Series provides tests and other services for states to use as part of the teacher licensing and certification process.LHU requires that you pass Praxis I, the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST), to assess your ability in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics by the end of your third semester. You must then pass Praxis II, which consists of one or two tests that measure your knowledge of your teaching field, before you may student teach. Both Praxis I and Praxis II are offered in the computer-based testing format. Please contact the Testing Center to schedule a computer-based test.

Remember: no cell phones or electronic devices are allowed in the testing center!

Effective immediately, possession of or use of telephones, cell phones, BlackBerry® devices, PDAs, and other electronic or photographic devices is prohibited in the test center. If you bring such devices to the test center, you will be dismissed from the test, your registration and test fees will be forfeited, and your scores will be canceled. Test center staff is not permitted to collect or store devices.


  • Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)

Beginning April 2, 2012, the ETS Praxis I tests below will no longer be required for Admission to Teacher Education. Instead, the tests listed below, administered through Pearson Evaluation Systems as part of the Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT), will replace the ETS Praxis I tests. These tests will be delivered as computer-based tests and are designed in a modular format with several modules comprising one full assessment. This will permit a candidate to retake a module without being required to retake the entire assessment. (PDE Weekly Emails 8-1-2011 and 9-19-2011).

The new tests include: Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) – This will REPLACE the Praxis I series through ETS of Mathematics, Reading, and Writing.

  • Module 1 (Code 001) – Reading
  • Module 2 (Code 002) – Mathematics
  • Module 3 (Code 003) – Writing

With the PECT PAPA tests, there is no Composite Score or GPA matrix available as there is in ETS Praxis I testing.

If you took the ETS Praxis I (Reading, Writing, Mathematics) test(s), and did NOT receive a passing score you will have two years from the last test date to retake the test(s), otherwise you will have to pass ALL of the PAPA series tests. (PDE Weekly Email 8-26-2011). This two year period does not affect or change any current requirements for Admission to Teacher Education or Recommendation for Student Teaching.

Tests Required for Undergraduate Candidates for Initial Certification

Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) plus the appropriate certification area test(s).

Tests Required for Specific Certification Areas


Special Education PreK–8

Special Education 7–12

To register and locate testing centers for PAPA exams, go to: http://www.pa.nesinc.com/

What tests do I need to take? Testing requirements are dependent on certification type.  Read more about which tests are required for teacher certification in Pennsylvania.

Passing requirements. Each PECT assessment includes multiple modules. To pass an assessment, examinees must pass each module. Based on the recommendations of panels of Pennsylvania educators, the Pennsylvania Department of Education has established, for each module, a performance criterion (i.e., cutscore) that must be achieved. A scaled score of 220 (on a 100–300 scale) represents this performance criterion.

Information about each test. Get specific information about a test, including when and where you can take the test, and access preparation materials by selecting the test from the following table.


Other Examination Services

Are you taking an online course with another instituion that requires proctoring of exams? 

Lock Haven University Testing Center is available for proctoring that may be required by your institution and/or organization.  The fee is $25 per exam/proctoring session.

Please call 570-484-3131 to schedule your exam.

Please note - Scheduling is based on seat availibilty in the testing center. 

Contact Us

LHU Testing Center

301 W. Church Street, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-3131

Office Hours

J310 and J311 East Campus
8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday

Testing Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


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