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PRAXIS Core Tests

 

UNI requires the Praxis Core tests for admission to the Teacher Education Program.  These tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics.

UNI requires the following minimum scores:

  • Reading                     138
  • Writing                       142                                          Scores are based on a scale of 100-200.
  • Mathematics              115
  • Total aggregate         448 or higher

Plan to take the Praxis Core tests at least six weeks before your UNI course registration date/time in order to avoid delays in registering for classes that require admission to UNI’s Teacher Education Program.  Reading and math score reports are available 20 calendar days (approximately 3 weeks) after the day of the test.  Writing scores, however, will not be available until 20 business days (4 weeks) after the day of the test.

Registration Information – The only way to register for the Praxis Core tests is on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website: https://www.ets.org/praxis/register.  Scroll down to the blue “Register Online Now” button.  You will be asked to create a user account.  It is extremely important to register for the tests with your name exactly as it appears on the ID that you will use on your testing day. Test center personnel will not allow you to take the tests if the name on your ID does not match the name on the registration list that they have.  More information about what constitutes an acceptable ID is at https://www.ets.org/praxis/test_day/id.

You may take the Praxis Core tests separately, on separate days, or as one combined test on one day.

The tests you need to register for are:

  • Reading, test code #5713
  • Mathematics, test code #5733
  • Writing, test code #5723​

OR

  • The combined test (all three tests in one day), code #5752

The actual testing time and number of questions for each Praxis Core test are shown below (https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/content/).  Be prepared to be at the test center a minimum of five hours if you register for the combined test.

  • Reading test            56 questions     85 minutes allowed
  • Mathematics test     56 questions     90 minutes allowed
  • Writing test (two sections)
    • multiple choice     40 questions     40 minutes allowed
    • essay                      2 essays         60 minutes allowed

 

Students who need testing accommodations must register through ETS Disability Services and have their accommodations approved before testing.  Instructions on how to do this are at https://www.ets.org/praxis/ → Quick Links → Accommodations for Test Takers with Disabilities or Health-related Needs.  You also may call ETS Disability Services at 1-866-387-8602.

Test fees – The current registration fees for the Praxis Core tests are:

  • 1 test registration = $90
  • 2 tests registered together, but taken on separate days = $180
  • 3 tests registered together, but taken on separate days = $270
  • Register for all three tests combined and take them the same day = $150

There is a substantial savings in registering for the combined test (#5752), but it also means that you will be at the test center for a minimum of five hours.  Each student needs to consider his/her own test-taking strengths and weaknesses in deciding whether it is better to register for the combined test or to spread out the tests over more than one day.

You cannot put Praxis Core charges on your U-bill; you must pay Educational Testing Service directly.

Fee Waivers – There are fee waivers for students who meet all eligibility requirements.  The requirements are available at https://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers/.

Score Report – When you register for the Praxis Core exams you must select UNI (code #6307) as a score recipient.  ETS will NOT automatically send your score report to us.  If you do not select UNI #6307 as a score recipient at the time you register for your tests you will have to pay an additional fee ($50) later to have your scores sent to us at UNI #6307.  We do NOT accept a student’s copy of the score report.

Test Preparation – Educational Testing Service provides information about the tests and free study guides at https://www.ets.org/praxis/prepare/materials.  Go to “Select a Praxis test by name” and click on the drop-down arrow.  The three Praxis Core tests are listed at the top.  Select Math (5733), Reading (5713) or Writing (5723). A new page will load with a Study Companion link.  Clicking on that link takes you to a comprehensive study guide with sample test questions.

Another free study resource is Khan Academy.  Log on to https://www.khanacademy.org/.  Select “Learner” → create an account → scroll down to Test Prep → select Praxis Core.  Or, select a specific math area, like geometry, that you need to work on.

The Rod Library offers free help through The Learning Center after you have taken the Praxis Core tests at least once.  It is located on the main floor of the Rod Library.  The Center’s phone number is 319-273-6023, and its website is https://tlc.uni.edu.   Another library resource is an online program called Brainfuse.  Information about it is at http://askus.library.uni.edu/faq/118313.

On test day – You will be issued an admission ticket when you complete the online registration process.  Print this admission ticket and take it—along with proper identification—to your testing center.  UNI’s test center is in the Innovative Teaching and Technology Center, room 007, phone 319-273-3926.  More information about your test day is available at https://www.ets.org/praxis/test_day/.

Retaking the Praxis Core – You can retake the Core exams if you need to, but you have to wait 21 days after your original test date.  If you passed each individual test but did not reach UNI’s aggregate score you do not need to retake all three tests.  Contact the Office of Teacher Education to talk about test-taking strategies.

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page about the PRAXIS Core tests is available at https://www.ets.org/praxis/faq.