NOCTI is contracted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE) to incorporate all state-required CTE post-assessment testing for 12th grade CTE students enrolled in state-approved CTE high school programs throughout the state.

Taking the NOCTI exam is required for all 12th grade CTE students in approved CTE programs to prove mastery of specific competencies outlined by BCTE. In order to qualify for the NOCTI exam, students must be seniors scheduled to graduate in June of their senior year, and have received a minimum of 50% of the technical hours required by their CTE program.

Each individual CTE program has an identified NOCTI exam that allows students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and talents within their chosen CTE occupational program. The test consists of an online, multi-choice exam, and a “hands-on” Performance exam for students to demonstrate their skills by performing individual jobs or tasks needed for the specific occupation. Upon completion of the exam, students receive Basic, Competent or Advanced levels according to the cut scores established by BCTE for that particular school year.

Students who achieve at the Advanced level receive the Pennsylvania Skills Certificate. Students who achieve at the Competent level receive the Pennsylvania Certificate of Competency, both of which are awarded by BCTE. Advanced and/or Competent level students are eligible for college credits through the SOAR program at various state colleges and universities. In addition, students who receive a 70% or above in the online, multiple-choice portion of the exam can receive a minimum of 3 college credits at over 500 colleges and universities across the country.

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