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 468, even 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. The Cato College of Education provides free access to 240 Tutoring, an online preparation resource with content review and practice exams. To request access, email teal@uncc.edu with your name and ID number and include "240 Tutoring Access Request" in the subject line. Individual student access is limited to four weeks, so please request yours only when you are ready to immediately begin test preparation.

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.