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Prepare for the PPAT® Assessment

In addition to the information contained within the pages of this website, the following materials are available as free downloads to help you prepare for the assessment.

PPAT® Candidate and Educator Handbook

The PPAT® Candidate and Educator Handbook is a valuable resource for completing the assessment. It includes a basic overview of the assessment and test-taking strategies, as well as information on:

  • InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards.
  • How to prioritize your activities and organize your thinking as you build your responses.
  • Guidelines for writing — each task requires some form of written response. It is imperative that you understand what kind of writing (descriptive, analytic or reflective) is required by each guiding prompt.
  • Collecting evidence — evidence is found in the information that you provide within your written commentary and in the artifacts that you submit. Learn what you need to know about evidence, how to select evidence for your tasks, and how to submit both student and teacher artifacts as evidence.
  • How to prepare for the video recording, how to record your class, how to analyze your video and the importance of practice videos. The video is meant to provide as authentic and complete a view of your teaching as possible.
  • Scoring of tasks.

Deep Dive into the PPAT Tasks

These videos take a closer look at the structure of the tasks and rubrics and what you need to consider when responding to the task activities and prompts.

Task 2 Deep Dive


Task 3 Deep Dive


Task 4 Deep Dive


PPAT Task 1 Handbook

The PPAT® Task 1 Handbook explains your role and that of your educator preparation program faculty and your cooperating teacher/mentor for completing Task 1.

PPAT Reflective Practice Handbook

The PPAT® Reflective Practice Handbook contains directions and suggestions for reflecting on your teaching practice and for completing the Professional Growth Plan.

Glossary of PPAT Common Terms

The PPAT® Glossary provides specific definitions that reflect the meaning of each term in the context of this assessment.


The assessment requires the submission of a video. Become familiar with your recording equipment and the size and type of the video file you will create. The submission system where you upload your video has specific requirements as to the type and size of video file that is acceptable for uploading. Ensure your video file meets these requirements to avoid delays when uploading. Learn more about submitting your video.

Minimum Number of Students Needed to Complete the Assessment

Your student teaching class size should permit you to address all of the guiding prompts for each task and provide the evidence required. To determine whether you have enough students in your classroom to complete the assessment, consider these points:

  • Candidates need to be able to demonstrate how they instruct to a group of students and how they instruct to individual students.
  • The class size should enable the candidate to demonstrate differentiated instruction with two focus students.
  • For Task 3, the class size should enable the candidate to submit a student work sample from another student in the class that is not one of the Focus Students.
  • If the student teaching assignment is an area like special education and includes multiple students in individual settings, candidates could consider them as an entire class when responding to the prompts even if the students are at different grade levels.

Note: It is very important that candidates describe the teaching environment in the Contextual Information textbox of the task. This allows the rater scoring the response to understand the environment and how the candidate approached the task response.

Understanding the Online Submission System

You will submit your tasks in an online environment. Review the Submission System User Guide for helpful information on navigating the system and entering your responses.

Special Education Classrooms

While the number of students in a special education classroom can vary greatly in comparison to a traditional classroom, special education candidates are still required to respond to all guiding prompts and submit all of the required artifacts. To be successful in completing the assessment in its entirety, please take into consideration the following points:

  • Discuss your student teaching assignment with your program advisor to make sure you have a classroom setting that supports the completion of the assessment. The class size should enable you to demonstrate differentiated instruction with two Focus Students.
  • If your student teaching assignment includes multiple students in individual settings, consider them as an entire class when responding to the prompts.
  • Scores may be negatively impacted when you do not follow these instructions.

If you have questions, please contact us to find out how to properly address the prompts before submitting your tasks.

Completing the Assessment in a Virtual Learning Environment

Candidates who are not able to have face-to-face interactions as a result of COVID-19 restrictions can still complete the assessment. Review the Guidance for Completing the PPAT Assessment in a Virtual or Hybrid Environment.

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