Office of Educator Preparation

Praxis Information


Visit the ETS site for update-to-date information related to COVID-19:

Message from ETS RE: Praxis exams May 20, 2020:

Registration is now open for the Praxis® tests at home, with the first test administration taking place this week. Please visit Praxis tests at home website for additional details.

We also received official notice that Prometric® has designated Praxis tests as essential and will resume in-person testing at select Prometric test centers across the country, effective immediately. This provides yet another option for future educators to access educator and licensure exams to continue their professional journey. For more information on Prometric test centers visit here.

We are here to support you and your students, if you have any questions or need additional support do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Phone: 1-609-771-7395 or 1-800-772-9476
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–6 p.m. ET (except for U.S. holidays)

Message from ETS RE: Praxis exams June 3, 2020:

  • Additional test titles are now available for registration. For a complete listing of available Praxis assessments, visit either our Praxis tests at home microsite or our COVID-19 update site.
  • As of Monday, June 1, Praxis tests at home are available for Mac® users with a minimum requirement of OS X 10.5 with a Chrome™ or Firefox® browser, though it is recommended to use Mac OS X 10.13 High Sierra. It is no longer required for Mac users to have Windows® software loaded.

As mentioned previously, we are pleased to advise that Prometric® testing centers around the country have begun administering Praxis tests again. While they are still subject to state and local requirements, many have already tested Praxis candidates successfully under new safety and social distancing guidelines. For a complete list of Prometric testing centers now open, visit the Prometric site openings page.

Non-Prometric managed test centers are determining their availability on a case-by-case basis. To check test centers availability in your state, use our Praxis test center search tool.



Praxis Core

USM program requirements:

  • Entry requirement to ETEP and TESOL programs
  • Admission requirement to the professional internship year for undergraduate teacher preparation pathways
  • Requirement for recommendation for initial teacher certification


See test codes and Maine score requirements here:


Qualifying Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) passing score for the State of Maine skills tests:

Reading Test (5713): 156
Writing Test (5723): 162
Mathematics Test (5733): 150
Composite Score: 468*

*Maine applicants for initial teacher certification must obtain a composite score of (468) on the three sections of the Core, with no single score on any section being more than three points lower than the required score.

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core exams (5713, 5723, 5733) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined Test (5752) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5713, 5723, 5733).


Core Test Preparation Materials: (reading)
 (writing) (mathematics)

USM Learning Commons – Math tutors can help you prepare for the Math portion of the Praxis Core exam. You will need to complete a practice Praxis Math exam and bring your results to a tutoring session. More information about Learning Commons Tutoring can be found here: Praxis Core for Dummies, 2nd Ed. by Carla C. Kirkland and Chan Clevelan - available for about $20 from most booksellers Teacher Test Prep – Praxis Core Maine: (Praxis Test Prep, including study guides and practice tests)


Praxis II (content area exams)

See test codes and Maine score requirements here ("Tests Required for Specific Licensure Areas"):

Please Note: Passing scores on the appropriate Praxis II content area test is a state requirement for certification. ETEP teacher candidates will not be required to pass the Praxis II, but they must submit scores to be recommended for certification.


Registration and Fees

Test dates/registration is available online through Education Testing Services (ETS) at:

**Include both USM (R3691) and MDOE (R7368) as score recipients**

Core and Praxis II Test Fees:

See the ETS site for exact fees and other information:

-Core: Reading ($90) Writing ($90) Mathematics ($90)

Tests may be scheduled for and taken at different times/dates at a cost of $90.00 each.  Tests may be scheduled to be taken on the same day (5 hour block) for a combined test fee of $150.00

-Praxis II content tests range in cost from $120 ‐ $160 each

ETS offers a fee waiver if you meet certain requirements. The waiver is available for the Praxis Core or one Praxis II (subject assessment). Details here:


Foreign Language Speakers

A test taker can also request for extended time when English is not your primary language. Information can be found at:

Applicants whose native language in not English must have earned a score of at least 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, 213 on the computer based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher. This requirement is waived for students who earned a bachelor’s at an English-speaking university or students from Newcomer ETEP.



Please contact Linda Evans,, Certification Officer, Office of Educator PreparationUniversity of Southern Maine


Revised 11/10/2020