Test center openings/closings due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)   

Where state and local regulations and guidance permit, the California-based Pearson VUE-owned test centers (PPCs) have reopened for California Educator Credentialing Assessments.  Test centers are open, and seats are available throughout the State of California.  

Additional important updates related to educator credentialing assessments are posted on the CTC's COVID-19 Information for Commission Stakeholders webpage.  On this webpage candidates can find general information about flexibilities adopted by the Commission as well as flexibilities authorized by Executive Order to help candidates and programs affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You are encouraged to directly contact your current or intended educator preparation program for assistance in determining which flexibilities may apply to your individual situation. 

We encourage you to check for test center availability prior to registration by using the seat availability tool (refer to the NES seat availability tool here).  Test centers that are open will appear in the seat availability tool and during the scheduling process. 

When searching for an appointment to take your test, we offer the following suggestions:  

  • Schedule your test as soon as you are able.  

  • Use the “seat search” tool to explore surrounding locations. Checking a wide range of locations will provide more options for your selection.   

  • Extend your search to future dates and register for an available appointment that meets your needs.  

  • Test appointments can be changed with no fee, even multiple times, as long as the change is made at least 24 hours in advance of your current appointment and before your registration expires.   

  • Additional appointments may become available as test centers adjust their calendars. If you were unable to initially schedule your preferred date and time, check seat availability frequently and change your appointment to meet your preferences.  


If you are ill on the day of your test appointment:    

Do not report to the test center. If you miss your appointment due to illness, please review the absentee policy for emergency circumstances, which includes information about requesting a refund.   


For your health and safety at test centers:   

In support of your health and safety and the health and safety of our employees, we will follow recommendations from the CDC and World Health Organization for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, we ask that candidates comply with the health and safety guidelines outlined on Pearson's COVID-19 webpage, including, but not limited to,  

  • acknowledging that you have not been diagnosed with COVID-19, have not had any flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days, and have not been under 14 days’ quarantine or centralized observation;  

  • participating in social distancing;  

  • wearing a face mask; and  

  • in some locations, permitting a temperature check upon arrival.   


In addition, we are outfitting our test centers with hand sanitizer, increasing our cleaning and disinfecting regimens between testing appointments, permitting the use of disposable gloves and, in locations where they are not required, permitting the optional use of face masks.