What is NOCTI?
- The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) is a
nonprofit educational corporation that was organized in June, 1973.
This institute provides high quality occupational competency
examinations to the vocational educational community, which includes
teachers, students, and members of industry. Currently, there is a
consortium of forty seven states and the District of Columbia in the
What are "Job Ready" Assessments?
NOCTI student assessments are categorized as
“Job Ready" assessments. Job Ready assessments measure the skills of
an entry-level worker or an individual who has completed course work
in a secondary or post-secondary career and technical program. NOCTI
assessments allow students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills
and talents within their chosen occupational program and NOCTI’s
score reports provide valuable data for program improvement and
Student (Job Ready) assessments are developed using business and
industry standards and most include both multiple choice and
performance components. Multiple choice assessments can be
administered in traditional paper/pencil format or through NOCTI’s
online testing system.
Types of Tests
- The NOCTI Job Ready Assessment consists of two parts: written and performance. The written
test consists of approximately two hundred multiple-choice items and
requires three hours to complete. It covers factual knowledge,
technical information, understanding of principles, and
problem-solving abilities related to the occupation.
- The performance test is administered in a laboratory, industrial, or
clinical setting and consists of work assignments that require four to
five hours to complete. It is designed to sample the manipulative
skills required by an occupation. Thus candidates are able to
demonstrate that they possess the knowledge and skills that competent
crafts people employ in their daily work.
Tests are available for occupations in 16 career cluster areas:
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Architecture and
Construction; Arts, AV Tech and Communication; Business, Management
and Administration; Early Childhood Education; Finance; Health
Science; Hospitality and Tourism; Cosmetology; Information
Technology; Law, Public Safety and Security; Manufacturing;
Marketing, Sales and Service; Electronics and Engineering;
Automotives and Small Engine Repair.
Assessment Blueprints are available for all NOCTI Job Ready
Assessments. The blueprints provide an outline of the
assessment and include:
- Core competencies and tasks
- Sample questions and jobs
- Administration information (time, number of questions/jobs,
- Click here for an
list of available assessments which includes sample test
- Separate scores for the written and the performance examinations are
reported along with subscores for each test. These scores can be used
diagnostically to determine specific candidate weaknesses. Local
(NAU), State and National
norms are given for each test and subscore.
What is the Relationship Between NAU CTE Programs and NOCTI?
Bachelor's students in the Bachelors of Education, Career and
Technical Education Industrial Technology or Occupational Education
programs can take the entire NOCTI Job Ready Assessment (written and
performance) to earn "occupational experience" credit that can be
used towards the "major" coursework in their degree. Upon
successful completion of this exam a student can earn 35 hours of
credit towards the occupational education program or 30 hours of
credit towards the Industrial Technology program. You must
have completed at least one NAU class that is posted to a transcript
prior to taking the NOCTI exam for 35 credits.
Beginning spring, 2009 all students in secondary CTE
certification programs (undergraduate or graduate) will be required
to take and pass the written portion of an appropriate NOCTI Job
Ready Assessment prior to student teaching. The exam is being
used to verify appropriate content area knowledge in the subject
area the student will be teaching.
- Northern Arizona University is the Arizona designated testing
site. This does not mean that the exam must be taken at NAU in
Flagstaff, it just means that NAU will administer the exam.
NAU will award
35 credits towards the B.S.Ed. in CTE, Occupational Education Emphasis degree upon successful
completion of both components of the NOCTI test administered
NAU will award 30 credits towards the
B.S.Ed. in CTE, Industrial Technology Emphasis degree upon
successful completion of both components of the NOCTI test
administered by NAU.
Cost of the NOCTI exam equal to the cost of three (3) NAU credits and fees for Fall or
Spring semester. Refer to the
Office of the
Bursar for the exact cost. The fee for the NOCTI exam includes the exam, the administration
of the exam, and the awarding of credit on your NAU transcript and travel
for Dr. Roberts to administer the examination.
Secondary Education CTE students who are taking the written portion of
the exam only will not be charged for first attempt (the cost is being
paid for with course fees). If a student needs to retake the exam,
a $100 fee will be required.
If you have any question about the NOCTI exams or the occupational
experience credit, please contact Nicole O'Grady at (928) 523-2560 or
To Schedule an Exam
Contact Dr. Michael Roberts at (928) 523-9408 or Mike.Roberts@nau.edu
to arrange for testing. After receipt of the tuition fees the exam location
and date/time will be coordinated. Typically the NOCTI exam is given
during the Academic Calendar and during the ACTEAZ Conference (Friday before
conference start) in July.