Praxis Core Test Requirement

Am I exempt from taking the Praxis Core?

The required test for admission to the Reigh College of Education is called the Praxis CORE. Please note that some students are exempt from this requirement thanks to their SAT or ACT scores:

Praxis CORE Passing Scores

  • Reading: 156 or higher
  • Writing: 162 or higher
  • Math: 150 or higher
  • Combined: 468 or higher

SAT & ACT Scores (for exemption)

If you took the new SAT after March 2016:

  • 1170 or higher on the SAT combined Evidence-Based Reading/Writing and Math (Optional essay scores are not counted)

If you took the old SAT before March 2016:

  • 1100 or higher on the SAT combined Verbal and Math (Writing scores are not counted)

If you took the ACT:

  • 24 or higher Composite score


If you did not earn a SAT or ACT exemption score, you may still be exempt from one or two sections of the test:

  • Praxis CORE Reading and Writing exemption
    • Old SAT Verbal score of 550 or higher 
    • New SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing score of 600 or higher
    • ACT English score of 24 or higher 
  • Praxis CORE Math exemption
    • Old SAT Math score of 550 or higher
    • New SAT Math score of 570 or higher
    • ACT Math score of 24 or higher 

*The old SAT Writing score is not considered in either the total SAT score nor is it a way to be exempted from the Praxis CORE Writing.
**ACT and SAT scores cannot be combined according to NC state policy.

How to sign up for the Praxis CORE test

Students should visit the ETS website to sign up and then select the nearest testing center, which in most cases will be the testing center at Appalachian in the JET building.


The openings for these computer-based tests will be visible on the ETS website. Be sure to take note of the password and login information, and once you get your scores online, print a copy for your records. 

Passing Scores

The passing scores on the Praxis Core are:

Test 5712 Core reading: 156 or higher

Test 5722 Core Writing: 162 or higher

Test 5732 Core Math: 150 or higher

North Carolina is currently accepting a composite score of 468 as a way to pass the Praxis Core. The composite score means that a student who might not reach the passing score in one area can make up for that gap by earning extra points in another subject area. If you do not pass 

Caution: It is possible that North Carolina will change the policy to eliminate the composite score, but for now, they will accept the composite score.

Test re-takes: An examinee may take each part of the Praxis Core test once every 21 consecutive days. This policy applies even if the examinee canceled the scores on a test taken previously. A student can take each part of the test a maximum of six times in a twelve month period.

Below is how the tests are listed on the ETS site and the relevant test code(s). 

Chart of tests required by licensure area. For screen-reader compatible version see

Information and study resources

Praxis Core Prep Google Site

Visit this Google Site for information about test and resources for studying. This site has practice problems and the presentations from the Praxis Core Prep Workshop series.  You must be logged into your Appstate Google Account to access this site.

Praxis Core ASULearn Course

Register for this course to participate in online modules and earn badges as you complete them! Once you complete the form, this course will be added to your ASUlearn site.

Campus Resources

Student Learning Center - set up a consultation to get help setting up a study plan!

Math Help Lab

Tutoring Services

University Writing Center

Praxis Core Prep Workshops

ASU Library 

To access free online tests through the library...

  1. Go to
  2. Click on browse all databases or Education
  3. Click on Testing & Education Reference Center
  4. Create login
  5. Search for Praxis Core
  6. Select "Praxis Core Practice Tests" 

Other Resources

Test Prep Books - you can purchase practice books that cover test material (Praxis Core for Dummies, Kaplan, etc.)
Free Online Test Prep 
Test Anxiety Help