PCEP Certification Test Prep


TechSmart launches supplemental learning materials to prepare students for the PCEP Certification Exam

TechSmart is excited to announce the release of a collection of supplemental learning resources that significantly increase the alignment of the CS201 Coding in Python 1 and CS202 Coding in Python 2 courses with content assessed by the Certified Entry-Level Python Programmer Certification (PCEP). This student-led resource prepares students who have completed the first two semesters of the CS200 learning pathway to succeed on the PCEP exam.

Student-led learning

Acknowledging that the CS201 and CS202 courses are already complete courses that will fill a semester each, the PCEP Test Prep content will be a student-led course. These materials require no additional implementation work from schools or teachers, and can be provided directly to students. Students who are interested in completing this course can self-pace through this content on their own time.

Course Access and Login

An external site called Thinkific is used to house the PCEP Test Prep materials. The course can be accessed by students with this URL:



When students access the course for the first time they will need to create a free Thinkific account login. 

Printable guide for creating a Thinkific account can be found here.

Students must use their own personal emails (not their school emails) to enroll in the course. This will ensure that they will not lose access to the course upon graduating or leaving the school district.



Why should students take the PCEP?

Coding certifications are one way to signal to hiring managers that candidates have a deep understanding of a programming language. When combined with a robust coding portfolio, coding certifications such as the PCEP can help students with little or no professional experience land their first coding internships or entry-level jobs. The PCEP, in particular, is recognized across industry as the leading Python certification.

Do my students need these PCEP Test Prep materials in order to pass the PCEP?

The CS201 and CS202 courses were designed with PCEP alignment in mind, so there is already a strong overlap between what is present in the TechSmart curriculum and what is assessed by the PCEP. However, there are a small number of topics that are very specific to the Python language itself that are not included in TechSmart's curriculum. It is certainly possible that a student could achieve the PCEP's 70% passing score without prior knowledge of these additional topics, but we believe students would strongly benefit from at least a quick primer on the advanced topics presented in these materials.

Are there teacher-facing materials to support students' learning with these materials?

There are not. The PCEP Test Prep materials are intended to be student-led and self-paced. Teachers are welcome to sign up for the course though to familiarize themselves with the content and be available for students if they need assistance.

What is the cost to enroll in the TechSmart PCEP Test Prep course?

TechSmart's PCEP Test Prep course is free! Pricing information related to scheduling and taking the PCEP Certification Exam can be found here

What technical content is covered in the TechSmart PCEP Test Prep course?

Please refer to the CS202 course syllabus for a detailed list of standards and topics covered by the PCEP Test Prep materials.

How will I know if my students are ready to take the PCEP?

We believe students will be best prepared to succeed on the PCEP after the completion of CS201 and CS202 courses as well completion of the TechSmart PCEP Test Prep course. We also recommend providing students with the Python Institute's free practice test as part of their official study course. This will further help a student determine if they are ready to take the PCEP Certification Exam.

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