Praxis Core

Praxis Core Testing

Praxis Core Test Takers can find guidance about their scheduled test date(s) using the following resources:

Contact one of the above resources PRIOR to your test date to get the most current and up-to-date information.

What is the Praxis and why do I have to take it?


Starting September 1, 2014, the required test for admission to the College of Education is called the Praxis CORE, replacing the PPST Praxis I that has been phased out.

New students and any students who did not successfully complete the Praxis PPST I by August 31, 2014, will be required to pass the Praxis CORE in order to be admitted to teacher education. You can learn more about what else you need to complete to be admitted here:

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


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.

What score do I need to get on the Praxis Core tests?


Where do I take the Praxis Core tests?

You can choose where to take the test from a variety of ETS-approved testing locations. The testing center in the JET building on campus is one approved site, and you can select this location as an option. Visit to see what is available.

How do I sign up for the Praxis Core tests?

Using Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer browser,  create an account on the ETS website: You must be able to provide a credit card or debit card number to reserve your testing appointment. 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. 

How much do these tests cost?

As of August 29, 2018, 

  • $150 to take all three tests at once, or

  • $90 each test separately 

  • For students who qualify, a limited number of tuition waivers are available, but you must begin this process well in advance of the date when you wish to take the test. Go to to request a waiver.

How much time does it take to prepare for these tests?

The answer to this question varies for each student. Taking a full practice test (available via the library) will help determine the amount of practice/preparation needed. Start early to allow time for extra review, if needed. 

Students who receive accommodations from ODS at Appalachian should also start early in order to fill out the paperwork necessary to receive accommodations for this test (see website for details).

When do I need to take the Praxis Core tests?

Each education major differs slightly in how soon you need to pass the tests and be formally admitted. Refer to your course of study to see which courses require admission to the College of Education, and plan accordingly. You cannot register for those classes until you have passed the test, so it helps to pass the test before course registration, which occurs close to the end of March/ the start of November. The test is computer-based, with a variety of test dates/times, filled on a first come, first served basis.