Teacher Education




Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators [Praxis Core]

Praxis™ Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) Tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. These tests were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs. The testing company that ETS and you can find information and register there: ETS.


This test consists of three subtests, each with a cut off score based on a scale of 100-200. There are three subtests for the Praxis Core, each with a cut off score as well as a total score requirement of 448 or higher:

Combined Test #5751 ($135)-cut off score 448 with a minimum of Reading:  138, Writing:  142 and Mathematics:  115

  • Reading: test # 5712 $85)                cut off score – 138
  • Writing: test #5722 ($85)                  cut off score – 142
  • Mathematics: test #5732 ($85)         cut off score – 115

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Study Companion document (ETS) describes the purpose and structure of each subtest.  In brief, the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators subtests measure whether candidates entering a teacher preparation program have the necessary reading, writing, and mathematical knowledge/skills.

Each subtest is administered and scored separately.

  • Reading: The 85-minute subtest contains 56 multiple-choice items covering three content areas: Key Ideas and Details, Craft, Structure and Language Skills, and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas.
  • Writing: The 100-minute subtest contains 40 multiple-choice items covering two content areas: Text Types, Purposes and Production and Language and Research Skills for Writing plus essay.
  • Mathematics: The 85-minute subtest contains 56 multiple-choice and numeric-entry items covering four content areas: Number and Quantity, Algebra and Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.

Registration Information:  For registration instructions, click here. The Praxis I: PPST is available in both the computer-delivered and the paper-delivered format.  The Praxis Core is ONLY available in the computer-delivered format.


Costs:  As of August 21, 2013, ETS charges for 2013-2014 are $85 for 1 test, $125 for 2 tests and $135 for 3 tests.  You must pay ETS direct.  You cannot put Praxis Core charges on your U-bill.


Score ReportsIn order for UNI to receive a copy of your score you must use 6307 as the recipient code to indicate UNI as the institution.


Reporting for taking the Praxis test and what to take:  You will receive information from ETS telling you where/when to report and what to do on test day.  Print this information and take it with you to your testing center.  Be sure to take a government issued ID.  Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Drivers license with photo and signature
  • State ID with photo and signature
  • Passport with photo and signature – for non-US citizens

When you register for the Praxis tests be SURE to use your name exactly as it appears on the acceptable ID that you are using. The test center personnel cannot allow you to take the test if the name on your ID does not match the name on the registration list that they have.


Note: if you do NOT have your ID at the testing site you WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to take the exam! This results in you having to register again (and pay again!!).


Praxis retake:  You can retake the exam(s) and there is no limit to the number of times.  Just remember – each time you

take an exam there is a fee!  ETS does require that you wait 21 days before retaking a section.  We suggest preparing for the very first exam that you take!


Test preparation:  ETS site – The ETS web site provides multiple test preparation materials. Go to www/ets/org/praxis/prepare/materials.  Some of the following items are available once you select the specific test:  Study Companion (pdf), Test as a Glance (pdf), Strategies for Success video, Computer-Delivered Test Demonstration, and What to expect on the day of your computer-delivered test.

Rod Library - Access LearningExpress through Rod Library or an Iowa public library. Registration is required. For Rod Library registration must be done on-campus. Once registered, remote access is possible - Go to link: http://www.library.uni.edu/gateway/owl/learningexpress-library; Login; Click on “Jobs and Careers” tab on the left; Click on “Teaching”, then on the appropriate exam information and the prep link/practice test.



Acceptance of Praxis I Tests for Admission to UNI Teacher Education


Teacher Education will continue to honor Praxis I: PPST tests for the foreseeable future.  NOTE: The Praxis I: PPST will be discontinued by ETS after July 2014.  All retakes of the PPST tests must be completed and passed by July 2014.  If you have not satisfied the PPST score requirements by July 2014, you will be required to take all testing areas again in the form of the new Praxis Core tests in order to satisfy the new cut off scores. Thus, if you take Praxis I: PPST prior to January 2014 but do not apply for Admission to Teacher Education at UNI until after January 2014, your PPST scores will still be accepted.  If you have not satisfied the PPST score requirements by July 2014, you will be required to take the Praxis Core tests and satisfy the cut off scores for those tests.  Contact the UNI Teacher Education Office (159 Schindler Ed Center, 319-273-2265) if you have questions regarding which Praxis tests you should be taking.


Note to community college transfers:  Though the above is true, we urge you to take the Praxis Core tests starting January 2014 and prior to your admission/transfer to the University of Northern Iowa.

If you took the Praxis I you must obtain qualifying cut off scores in order to be admitted to Teacher Education.  Cut off scores are based on a scale of 150-190.  There are 3 subtests for the Praxis I, each with a cut off score as well as a total score requirement of 522 or higher:

  • Reading – cut off score of 170
  • Writing – cut off score of 170
  • Mathematics – cut off score of 170