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:

PRE-MARCH 2016 SAT

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

NEW (POST-MARCH 2016) SAT

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

ACT

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. ETS offers a number of preparation resources, some free and some for purchase, on the Praxis Core website. Students should begin by using the free Khan Academy Official Praxis Core Prep, a resource that includes diagnostic exams, personalized study plans, instructional videos, sample questions, and a full-length practice test that results in a score on the same scale used for the actual Praxis Core.

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