Praxis Core Requirements:
- Entry requirement to ETEP
- Admission requirement to the professional internship year for undergraduate teacher preparation pathways
- Requirement for recommendation for initial teacher certification
Qualifying Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core) passing score for the State of Maine skills tests:
|Reading Test (5712):||156|
|Writing Test (5722):||162|
|Mathematics Test (5732):||150|
(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).
For those who still need sections of the PPST (discontinued 8/14), their only option is to take the Core in that subject area (this combination of tests is possible through 8/18). Applicants must obtain minimum passing scores in each test area, the composite score in these instances, does not apply.
Core and Praxis II Registration:
Test dates/registration is available online through Education Testing Services (ETS) at: http://www.ets.org/praxis/register
**Include both USM (R3691) and MDOE (R7368) as score recipients**
Core and Praxis II Test Fees:
-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 $120.00 ‐ $160.00 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: http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/fees/fee_waivers/
Core Test Preparation Materials are available:
https://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/praxis-exam-prep/ (Praxis Test Prep, including study guides and practice tests)
Foreign Language Speakers
A test taker can also request for extended time when English is not your primary language. Information can be found at: https://www.ets.org/praxis/register/accommodations/
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 computerbased 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 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.