Tests for Program Admission

All teacher education programs at the undergraduate level require that candidates take and pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core). Candidates seeking admission to an initial licensure graduate certificate program may need to pass the Praxis Core if they apply through the GPA forgiveness path.

The Praxis Core measures reading, writing, and math skills to determine a candidate’s readiness to enter a teacher education program. Passing scores for each section are:

Reading Test: 156
Writing Test: 162
Math Test: 150

Candidates can pass the Praxis Core with a combined score of 468even if all individual sections are not passed. The Praxis Core may be taken multiple times if needed. The best section scores from all testing attempts are combined to create the highest possible overall score.

An exemption from Praxis Core may be given based on candidate’s SAT or ACT scores. Minimum scores for Praxis Core exemption are:


Reading and Writing Tests only:  550 Critical Reading 
Math Test only:  550 Math 
All Praxis Core Tests:  1100 Critical Reading/Math combined 


Reading and Writing Tests only:  600 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Math Test only:  570 Math
All Praxis Core Tests:  1170 Critical Reading/Math combined


Reading and Writing Tests only:  24 English
Math Test only:  24 Math
All Praxis Core Tests:  24 Composite


It is strongly recommended that candidates prepare before taking the Praxis Core. Students can use the free Study Island preparation resource by completing this form and following the login instructions here.

Additional preparation materials can be found on the Praxis Core website

Information regarding registration, costs, fee waivers, and score reporting is available in the Praxis Core FAQ document.

Practice General Curriculum

Candidates applying to the Elementary Education, Special Education General Curriculum, or Special Education/Elementary Education (dual) programs at the undergraduate level must also take the Practice General Curriculum tests, including both the Math and Multi-subject sections.

The Practice General Curriculum is based on part of the licensure exam for these programs and is designed to assess candidate preparedness at time of admission. No minimum score is required.

Candidates can access the test here and should carefully read these instructions before beginning.