Essential Academic Skills
The National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics subtests) is the basic skills test preferred by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).
Essential Academic Skills is a National Evaluation Series™ (NES®) test. The NES educator licensure tests provide Oregon with comprehensive exams aligned to professionally accepted national learning standards.
Candidates seeking initial licensure as a teacher, personnel specialist, or administrator in Oregon may use passing scores on the following Essential Academic Skills subtests:
- Subtest I: Reading
- Subtest II: Writing
- Subtest III: Mathematics
You may register to take one, two, or all three subtests at an administration.
Computer-based test; multiple-choice questions and a written assignment
- Subtest I: 45 multiple-choice questions
- Subtest II: 36 multiple-choice questions and 1 written assignment
- Subtest III: 45 multiple-choice questions
- Subtest I: One hour
- Subtest II: One hour and 15 minutes
- Subtest III: One hour
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||220 per subtest; examinees must pass subtests I, II, and III to pass the test
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$50 for one Essential Academic Skills subtest
$75 for any two Essential Academic Skills subtests
$100 for three Essential Academic Skills subtests
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- Subtests I and III: Your test results are provided immediately after testing; your score report is released within two weeks of testing.
- Subtest II: Your score report is released within four weeks of testing.
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Tests may include test questions that are being evaluated for future administrations and that do not affect a candidate's score.