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As of 1/5/15, most New Mexico Teacher Assessments have been replaced by equivalent NES (National Evaluation Series) Tests

Posted on August 6, 2015

News worth knowing! New Mexico Teacher Assessments Program Update.

The updated NMTA program now consists of two kinds of computer-based tests:

  • NMTA custom tests. These tests were developed specifically for the state of New Mexico. Information and registration for these tests is on this NMTA website.
  • NES® (National Evaluation Series™) tests. The NES is a nationally available teacher certification testing program with tests that are aligned to professionally accepted national subject and pedagogy standards. Effective January 5, 2015, most custom NMTA tests will be replaced by equivalent NES tests as the official tests to fulfill many testing requirements for New Mexico teacher licensure or endorsement. Information and registration for NES tests is on the NES website (the test links on this website will redirect you).

All tests in the program, both custom NMTA and NES, address areas covered by New Mexico state standards.

All NES tests and NMTA custom tests are computer-based. This means access to tests by appointment, year round—examinees do not have to wait for an assigned date before testing.

What tests do I need to take?

For more information, visit

You can find the passing score, other information, and links to preparation materials for each test through "Test Selection".

The tables below list each type of test, as well as which NMTA test a NES test replaced.

NES® (National Evaluation Series™) Test
Replaced NMTA Test
ArtVisual Arts
Assessment of Professional Knowledge: ElementaryAssessment of Teacher Competency—Elementary
Assessment of Professional Knowledge: SecondaryAssessment of Teacher Competency—Secondary
Elementary Education (Subtests I and II)Elementary Education
English Language ArtsLanguage Arts
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Essential Academic Skills (Subtests I, II, and III)Assessment of Teacher Basic Skills
Essential Components of Elementary Reading InstructionN/A
Family and Consumer SciencesFamily and Consumer Sciences
General ScienceScience
Gifted EducationN/A
HealthHealth Education
Middle Grades English Language ArtsMiddle Level Language Arts
Middle Grades General ScienceMiddle Level Science
Middle Grades MathematicsMiddle Level Mathematics
Middle Grades Social ScienceMiddle Level History, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government
Physical EducationPhysical Education
School CounselorSchool Counselor
School Library Media SpecialistLibrary/Media
Social ScienceHistory, Geography, Economics, Civics and Government
Special EducationSpecial Education