Frequently Asked Questions

Before you become a licensed administrator, California wants to know if you’ve got the makings of an educational leader. The California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination (CPACE) is designed to put all of your skills to the test—including some you probably haven’t used since college.

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Exam Prep Strategies

Certification exams like the CPACE are designed to rigorously test not only what you know but also how well you can apply it. The graders are looking for specific signals that you’re capable of doing the job, and it’s up to you to provide them. Before you take the test, there are a few things you need to know.


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Written Exam Strategies

Of the thousand or so educators who take the California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination (CPACE) each year, struggle with the written portion of the exam. Their biggest mistake: Focusing too much on memorizing information while failing to develop their ability to express it.

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Ready to be a school administrator?

The California Preliminary Administrative Credential Examination (CPACE) provides a pathway for teachers to transition into leadership—but it’s far from an easy one. Nearly seven in 10 candidates end up taking the exam more than once before earning their certification.


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