Praxis Core Test Requirement

Information and study resources

Praxis Core Prep Google Site

For information about Praxis Core and resources for studying, visit this Google Site at sites.google.com/appstate.edu/praxiscore. You must be logged into your Appstate Google Account to access this site.

Campus Resources

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

Math Tutor Lab

University Writing Center

Praxis Core Prep Workshops

Are you exempt from taking the Praxis Core?

Please note that some students are exempt from this requirement thanks to their SAT or ACT scores (see below).

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

Notes:

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 and 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

UNFORTUNATELY, 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.

You cannot piece together ACT and SAT scores. That is, a student might have the ACT score they need for verbal, and the SAT score they need for math, but they cannot use both, according to NC state policy.

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.

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.

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 https://www.ets.org/praxis/nc/requirements

How to sign up for the Praxis CORE test

Students should visit the ETS website to sign up http://www.ets.org/praxis/register and then select the nearest testing center, which in most cases will be the testing center at Appalachian in the JET building.

YOU MUST USE FIREFOX OR INTERNET EXPLORER BROWSER TO REGISTER. 

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.