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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 field tests of the revised National Board Certification process.

We are currently accepting applications to field test Component 3: Teaching Practice and Learning Environment, and phase two of Component 1: Content Knowledge. Participation in these components will start in the late spring of 2015. 

Gift cards for participants who field tested the SRI portion of the Content Knowledge component will be processed in November.

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 in-person at a Pearson VUE center near you. Click here for a list of locations. Please note that these locations are subject to change.

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

A: You may be eligible for up to two Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS), at a cost of $75 per CEU or 1 graduate credit ($300 per credit). For more information, please contact Judy Williams at You will also receive a $25 gift card to your choice of either or Powell’s Book per component that you complete as well as a letter of commendation from the National Board as a token of our thanks for your commitment to this effort.

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 particpate, and you can pursue certification as a candidate while taking part in the field tests.

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