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Praxis Requirements

Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test

Individuals seeking to be teacher education candidates must achieve minimum qualifying scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests. There are three components/tests (math, reading, and writing).

Required Core Academic Skills for Educators Test scores set by the NC State Board of Education are:

Test Name and Number Approved Qualifying Score
Core Academic Scores for Educators: Reading  156
Core Academic Scores for Educators: Writing 162
Core Academic Scores for Educators: Mathmatics 150
Composite Score 468

If individual test scores do not meet each requirement above, a combined score of 468 satisfies the requirement. Students who score the minimum score of 468 will be required to set up a plan for increasing their knowledge and skills in the areas in which they scored lower than the qualifying score.


Exemptions

Individuals with a total SAT score of 1170 are exempt from Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators testing requirements for teacher education program admission.

  • Individuals with a total SAT score of less than 1170, but a score of at least 600 on the Verbal test are exempt from Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading and Writing.

  • Individuals with a total SAT score of less than 1170, but a score of at least 600 on the Math test are exempt from Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators in Mathematics.

    ** For SAT exams taken and scored prior to March 2016 the score cut-offs are 1100 and 550 respectfully.

Individuals with a composite ACT score of 24 are exempt from Core Academic Skills for Educators testing requirements for teacher education program admission.

  • Individuals with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but with a score of at least 24 on the English are exempt from Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading and Writing.

  • Individuals with a composite ACT score of less than 24, but a score of at least 24 on the Math test are exempt from Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics.

Testing Details

The Core Academic Skills for Educators tests are computer-based, administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and can be completed at a variety of testing centers at scheduled times during the year (to register go to http://www.ets.org/praxis .) Students should identify Mid-Atlantic Christian University (#5427) when registering for Core Academic Skills for Educators tests.

Students who are required to take the Core Academic Skills for Educators tests will be required to take a one semester hour course titled ED 237 Praxis Preparation Seminar, which will provide academic Support to help them prepare for the exams. Teacher education students will be required to pass the Core Academic Skills tests before entering their junior year.