Registration for the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)

You must register for the assessment through your online account.

Before You Register

  • There are two versions of the assessment. You must check with your educator preparation program to determine which version of the assessment you are required to take. A test change fee will apply if you need to switch test versions after the registration deadline.
  • This assessment is administered twice per year during pre-established submission windows. These windows were created to align as closely as possible to your student teaching schedule. Before registering for the assessment, you must determine the submission window that best fits your schedule. Review the Dates and Deadlines.
  • Check the Fees and Payment Policies.
  • If you need accommodations for disability or health-related needs, you must request accommodations.

How to Register

Here is an overview of the online registration process.

  1. Create a Missouri Performance Assessment Account. In order to purchase the assessment, create an account in the online registration system and establish your own username and password. You will receive an email confirming that you have successfully created your account. This account is where you access your assessment, submit your tasks and view your scores. The name, date of birth and social security number that you enter on this account must match the same information on your DESE certification account. If there is a discrepancy between the two systems, your scores will not load to the DESE certification database. This could result in a delay in your certification being processed.
  2. Select Your Test and Submission Window. Follow the instructions to purchase your assessment. Be sure to select the appropriate submission window that best conforms to your student teaching schedule. See Dates and Deadlines for additional information on submission windows.
  3. Identify Your Educator Preparation Program. When prompted, select your educator preparation program (EPP). Your EPP automatically receives your score for the assessment, which includes individual scores for Tasks 2, 3 and 4.
  4. Select Score Recipients. Your cumulative score and highest scores for each task are automatically sent to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and to the EPP you selected. You may select up to four additional score recipients at no extra cost. You can add or modify these recipients up until 10 p.m. ET (9 p.m. CT) the night before the Task 4 submission deadline.
  5. Answer Background Information and Assessment-related Questions. You will be asked to provide demographic and other background information that may be used for research purposes. In addition, you will be asked to respond to several questions relating to your student teaching experience.
  6. Pay. The test registration fee is $275. You can pay by credit/debit card (American Express®, Discover®, JCB® Card, MasterCard® or VISA®), eCheck or through PayPal™. See Fees and Payment for additional information.
  7. Confirmation. You will receive an email confirming your registration.
  8. You will be able to access the assessment through your online account when the task submission opens, see Dates and Deadlines. To work on the assessment before then, see Prepare for the Assessment.

    Customer Service Representatives are available Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–6:45 p.m. CT, excluding holidays, to provide assistance.