National Board Field Tests

Test Drive Certification

The National Board is seeking PreK-12 teachers in most content areas, as well as college and graduate students pursuing a teaching license, to volunteer to take part in in-person and virtual field tests of the revised National Board Certification process.

We are currently accepting applications to field test Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment. Participation for this component will begin once field testers are selected.

Resources for Component 3

Participation in phase two of Component 1: Content Knowledge will start in the late spring of 2015. 

If you are interested in pursuing National Board Certification, the field tests are your opportunity to "test drive" the process at no cost and no risk. Selected participants will be notified by the National Board.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does it cost to participate in the field tests?

A: There is no cost for you to participate.

Q. Where will the field tests be given?

A. The Content Knowledge field tests will be given at a Pearson VUE center near you. Click here for a list of locations. Component 3 will take place online by uploading your ePortfolio. 

Q: Are there any incentives for taking part in the field tests?

A: The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is offering two (2) Continuing Education Units ($75 per CEU) or one (1) graduate credit ($300 per credit) to the participants in the 2015 Field Test for Component  3 – “Teaching Practice and Classroom Environment” of the revised National Board Certification Process. This offer will also apply to the participants in the Component 1 phase 2 – “Content Knowledge” Field Test.

For a syllabus of requirements and how to enroll directions for the 2015 Spring and Summer Terms, visit our website - click “NBPTS Programs.”
You will also receive a $25 gift card to your choice of either or Powell’s Books per component that you complete, and a letter of commendation from the National Board as a token of our thanks for your commitment to this effort. 

The National Board will grant field test participants for Component 3 and 4 the right to resubmit portions of their portfolios for certification purposes. For more information regarding the legality of this incentive click here.

Q: Will I get a score after the test?

A: No scores will be given to participants, as the field tests are for research only and cannot be counted toward certification. The purpose of the field test is to help shape the future of National Board Certification for the benefit of teachers across the country. It is also your opportunity to test drive the certification process before jumping in.

Q. Can I pursue certification at the same time as participating in the field tests?

A. It is not necessary to be Board certified to participate, and you can pursue certification as a candidate while taking part in the field tests.

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